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People Know

People know. Too often, leaders forget that simple fact. They try to create an image that will impress their employees, their colleagues, their customers, and their vendors. But if that image doesn’t jive with reality, they aren’t fooling anyone. Because the fact is, people know. For example, take the team where one member is not … Continue reading People Know

Motivation Is an Inside Job

Who owns employee motivation? It’s a good question and an easy one to get wrong because there is a fine line between encouraging employee motivation and owning employee motivation. In our leadership training, we make the point that the leader’s job is to create an environment that sets the stage for team members to be … Continue reading Motivation Is an Inside Job

I’m a Leader But I’m Also a Player and It Is Burning Me Out

Everybody is busy nowadays; no question about it. But there is busy and there is burnout. The two are very different. For leaders who are also forced to pick up a role as a player on the team they coach, burnout is often right around the corner. There are several ways this happens. Here is … Continue reading I’m a Leader But I’m Also a Player and It Is Burning Me Out

Leadership Courage Part 6: Building Trust

At first glance, building trust does not seem like it would require leadership courage. Yet, it does. Here is why: trust, at its core, is a combination of competence, integrity, and empathy. Competence is necessary because to be a trustworthy leader your followers need to know that you know what you are doing. Integrity is … Continue reading Leadership Courage Part 6: Building Trust

Leadership Courage Part 5: Giving (Tough) Redirecting Feedback

Feedback is perhaps the single most powerful tool a leader has at his or her disposal to bring about significant improvement in employee engagement and performance. Ken Blanchard wisely noted, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” That being said, most leaders avoid giving redirecting feedback – feedback that seeks to change negative behavior or performance … Continue reading Leadership Courage Part 5: Giving (Tough) Redirecting Feedback

Leadership Courage Part 4: Setting a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal

Businesses around the world are indebted to James Collins and Jerry Porras for giving us the concept of the “BHAG” – a “big, hairy, audacious goal.” BHAGs have been instrumental in challenging and changing businesses for the better for years. BHAGs are stretch goals: specific in nature, long-term in timeframe, and transformative in outcome. It … Continue reading Leadership Courage Part 4: Setting a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal