I received an email last week from a leader that I’ve been coaching for the last couple of years. She has a contract employee whom she must decide whether to hire into a career position. She described the employee as competent, but consistently disrespectful, condescending, insulting and rude to her. The supervisor acknowledged that thereContinue reading “Great Leaders Grow (and Shrink) Great Teams”
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Now is Not the Time to Neglect Your Leadership Capital.
Hi, friends. One thing we all need to pay attention to in 2017 is how we are going to grow our organizations- financially, intellectually, physically, relationally, and strategically. Even in a tough economy (and ESPECIALLY in a tough economy), we must invest wisely WITH the capital we have IN the capital we have. Wise executivesContinue reading “Now is Not the Time to Neglect Your Leadership Capital.”
Great Leaders Bring Value…ALWAYS!
A young man called me recently in a bit of a panic. His company had just announced that they were “right-sizing,” an un-clever way of saying they were laying people off. They were also instituting a hiring freeze. He was also told his supervisor’s supervisor was laid off, effective immediately. His supervisor was very negativeContinue reading “Great Leaders Bring Value…ALWAYS!”
Great Leaders Get Help
Great leaders know themselves well enough to know, and have the humility to admit, that they don’t have all of the skills they need to be at their best for those they lead, and they care enough to make the effort to improve.
Great Leaders Stand
It’s concerning to watch the trend among football players who feel it’s appropriate to take a knee in protest when our National Anthem is played before their sporting events. This week I was discouraged to see in the news that a few high school football players in my city decided to follow the example ofContinue reading “Great Leaders Stand”
Great Leaders Are Inclusive
In my years in the military I’ve had friends who were members of elite fighting forces, like Navy Seals and Para-Rescue Jumpers. They were members of small elite groups that very few people could qualify to be a part of. They had specialized skills and an incredible level of commitment to their specialties. Very fewContinue reading “Great Leaders Are Inclusive”
We Can’t Demand Character
It’s been fascinating, particularly lately, watching how Americans react to legislation and policies enacted on behalf of groups who want to protect their right to not be bothered, insulted, ridiculed or otherwise treated poorly. We want the right to deny service to someone if we don’t agree with their life choices. We want theContinue reading “We Can’t Demand Character”
Great Leaders Accept Responsibility
“No excuse, sir!” For my entire first year at the U.S. Air Force Academy, those were the three words that came out of my mouth probably more than any other. For a Fourth Class Cadet (freshman), it was the expected answer to any question that began with a “Why.” Even if we knew theContinue reading “Great Leaders Accept Responsibility”
“Where Are We Going To Get The Leaders?”
The question keeps senior leaders awake at night. “Where are we going to get the next generation of leaders who will confidently take this organization into the future?” We look around at our prospects, and it’s scary. It’s scary because we haven’t been investing in the leaders we’re going to need to grow our organization.Continue reading ““Where Are We Going To Get The Leaders?””
Great Leaders Value Goodness, Not Just Rightness
When I first began leading a big change initiative in my organization, I made plenty of mistakes. The most significant mistake was in how I communicated our need to change. Looking back, my words and actions implied that the organization and its leaders had been doing everything wrong (though I don’t think I everContinue reading “Great Leaders Value Goodness, Not Just Rightness”