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What do you mean – ‘accountable’?

Questions from the Real World:  February, 2011

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Slamming the Open-Door Policy

Questions from the Real World:  January, 2011

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Tears in the workplace

Questions from the Real World:  December, 2010

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Leadership and Civic Engagement

Don’t know what you thought about last week’s election.  You and I may disagree vehemently over its meaning and its ramifications.

But I’d bet we’d agree on this:  the result, a house divided, will make it even less likely that (more…)

When my boss shows up late

Questions from the Real World:  November, 2010

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Toughest part of leadership

I surfed the ‘net today looking for answers to this question:

“What is the toughest aspect of leadership?”

Not surprisingly, I found a lot of answers.  Examples: (more…)

Choosing Not to Act from Ego

“My ego doesn’t get in the way.”

Know anyone who says that?  Chances are their ego is the size of a small planet.  They might genuinely believe they have no ego (which makes it worse), (more…)

Rules & the Power of Trust

In a school district in New York, the power of trust – and the menace of mistrust – were demonstrated in an ironic way some years ago.

Until that time, administrators took time off (more…)

Weak Link in The Chain of Command

I write this under the strain of frustration, anger, and sadness.  Someone very close to me – and all her staff – are suffering deeply from the short-sighted, fear-based actions of bad bosses.

Beware the invoking of “the chain of command.”  (more…)

Growing At Your Edges

If you’re perfect, disregard this.

All leaders have “growing edges.”  That’s a euphemism for personal challenges.  Which in turn is a euphemism for shortcomings, deficiencies, weaknesses, failings, limitations, flaws, or (more…)

Sustaining the Motivation to Excel

I got pushback yesterday on a presentation I did on motivation.  I was challenging sacred cows, and a number of the business people present didn’t like it.

My central message:  (more…)

Workshop Announcement

In my blog post last week, “Perils of the End of Recession,” I challenged you to ponder how to keep your best employees from leaving when they once again have employment options.  (more…)

Perils of the End of Recession

The recession ain’t all bad.  For one thing, your employees are a captive audience.  Not many other options out there for them.

But with the recession ending, (more…)

Partnering in Employees’ Health

Over the past several years I’ve been dogged by a series of physical ailments, none life-threatening, and none of which disabled me.

But these ailments have contributed to a significant loss of productivity. At the least, (more…)

2 Sides of the Leadership Coin

People grow best where they continuously experience an ingenious blend of support and challenge; the rest is commentary.

It’s a rare aphorism that captures the essence of leadership in a single sentence, but (more…)

It’s 8am. Know what your staff is up to?

If you’re an effective leader, you know what you staff is working on, at any particular time or on any particular day. (more…)

Do. Or Whine Not.

She just loves to complain. It seems to be her purpose in life.  And most of what she whines about, she can’t — or won’t — do anything about.

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Beware the Simplistic Solution

Newsweek recently ran a cover story on “fixing” education.  The cover showed a mock blackboard (do they even use those anymore?) with the words “We must fire bad teachers” written on it multiple times.

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Making Tough Conversations Easier II

It’s a complex world, the one you work in.  Way too complex for any one leader to have all the answers. Everyone holds a piece of the truth. (more…)

Making Tough Conversations Easier

“Relationships succeed or fail one conversation at a time.”  How does that fit your experience, at work and at home?   (more…)