Culture Fit for Leaders: Four Steps to Powerful Results

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a small, fast-growing company hired a senior leader. He seemed to have all the necessary experience and characteristics: a detail-oriented, seasoned professional in the industry. It looked like he’d be perfect for codifying and overseeing the processes needed in this young organization. At first things seemed [...]

Culture Fit for Leaders: Four Steps to Powerful Results 2018-03-02T14:28:38+00:00

How to Develop Your People to Power your Business

Technology, systems, and processes are all important. But what really drives your business? People. Managers, executives, interns, volunteers. Whatever role they fill they’re all people. And people get work done through relationships…with co-workers, managers, employees, team members, vendors, and customers. Business goes well when they communicate effectively. When they support one another in the [...]

How to Develop Your People to Power your Business 2018-01-24T22:06:16+00:00

The Greatest Gift You Can Give This Season (and it’s free!)

Do you hear that? It’s the noisiest time of the year. There’s the external clamor of holiday music, parties, traffic, and headlines. There’s our internal cacophony of to do lists, worries, joys, and deadlines. Some of our mental tumult even swirls around what gifts to give others. Whether family, co-workers, or friends, it’s a [...]

The Greatest Gift You Can Give This Season (and it’s free!) 2018-01-18T20:33:45+00:00

Why You Should Equip Your Millennials to Lead Now

You’ve probably heard it many times: Millennials are now the largest share of the US workforce.  In fact, one in three workers are Millennials. While the focus of the last decade has been on understanding and managing Millennials, we’re beginning to see an important shift. As thousands of Baby Boomers retire each day the [...]

Why You Should Equip Your Millennials to Lead Now 2017-12-04T19:30:51+00:00

Why You Should Start Development Initiatives at the Top

Development initiatives, learning opportunities, coaching … if it’s for mid-level managers most of the time I hear them say, “upper management needs to be here! Why aren’t they doing this, too?”  And you know what? They’re right! Why? Because leaders go first. Because what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Because [...]

Why You Should Start Development Initiatives at the Top 2017-12-04T19:30:52+00:00

Leadership Development: How to Streamline your Approach for Growth

What process does your organization use for selecting or promoting people? How do you equip leaders for their roles? And how do you evaluate their performance? Here’s the approach I see too often: Scatter shot!  Most organizations don’t have competency models. Many hire and promote without using psychometric assessments, even for their leaders. Well-meaning [...]

Leadership Development: How to Streamline your Approach for Growth 2017-12-04T19:30:52+00:00

Overwhelmed Leaders: The Cost of Being a Super Hero

Most leaders display an outward confidence that creates an aura of leadership gravitas. As a coach to leaders I have a unique vantage point to see “behind the curtain,” and it’s quite revealing. When I begin an engagement with a leader, I see the title and the accomplishments. The confidence and the polish. And [...]

Overwhelmed Leaders: The Cost of Being a Super Hero 2017-09-04T05:41:25+00:00

Four Secrets to Developing Excellent Managers

It’s no secret that managers are key to a high performing organization. And yet the rate of failure is stunning. Research shows 75% of employees in the U.S. feel their direct manager is the worst part of their job. And 65% would rather have a new boss than a pay raise. Wow! So how [...]

Four Secrets to Developing Excellent Managers 2017-09-04T05:49:15+00:00

What To Do about Millennials and Development

How does your organization approach millennials and their development? It's a quandary most of us have heard expressed this way: The CFO says, "What if we develop our people and they leave?" The CHRO replies, "What if we don't develop them and they stay?". It feels like a catch 22, doesn't it? Millennials are [...]

What To Do about Millennials and Development 2017-09-04T05:50:05+00:00

Increasing Emotional Intelligence in Leaders: Three Steps

Over two decades after Daniel Goleman first published Emotional Intelligence people continue to be keenly interested in the concept. I saw evidence this week as my company sponsored a SHRM-Atlanta event. We posted a flip chart with the question “What do you think new managers need to learn most?” Event attendees placed colored dots [...]

Increasing Emotional Intelligence in Leaders: Three Steps 2017-09-04T05:50:27+00:00