How to Be a More Effective Leader by Using 360 Feedback

Did you know your GPS requires four satellites to determine your 3-D position on earth? One perspective is insufficient. Two is still not enough. Three will tell you where you are, but not in 3-D. To get the truest, most reliable read on where you are you need multiple viewpoints! And so it is [...]

How to Be a More Effective Leader by Using 360 Feedback2018-09-13T13:39:45+00:00

How to Work Effectively with a Dominant Boss

It’s fair to say most bosses have a dominant personality style. They’ve gotten where they are through force of will, competence, boldness, and drive. They’re usually fast paced, action oriented, and have little time to spare. Intimidating? You bet! Especially if you’re younger, new to the organization, or have a milder personality type. So, [...]

How to Work Effectively with a Dominant Boss2018-09-13T13:41:17+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 Business2018-01-24T22:06:16+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 Now2017-12-04T19:30:51+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 Top2017-12-04T19:30:52+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 Growth2017-12-04T19:30:52+00:00

Investing in New Managers – The Benefits May Surprise You

One of the vexing questions for companies (especially in the small to mid-size category) is about investing in new managers – and how it benefits you. The questions that lurk under the surface are usually along these lines: How can we know if investing in new managers is worthwhile? What if we just let [...]

Investing in New Managers – The Benefits May Surprise You2017-10-05T21:10:49+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 Managers2017-09-04T05:49:15+00:00

5 Books Every Developing Manager Should Read

Does summertime make you want to dig your toes into the sand and your mind into a good book? Many of us crank up our reading in the summer for pure enjoyment. How about sprinkling in some books to enhance your development as a manager? Sometimes the perspective of a good author is just [...]

5 Books Every Developing Manager Should Read2017-09-04T05:49:44+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 Steps2017-09-04T05:50:27+00:00