by Rip Tilden I’m a slow learner. I admit it. It only took me 20 years of marriage to learn that my wife doesn’t always need me to fix a problem. She just needs me to listen. This was a tough lesson for me. If she had an issue at work or with a family … Continue reading You Don’t Need to Fix Every Problem
An organization’s top executives usually sit on two teams. They are members of the company leadership team, but they are also leaders of their department teams. So, as you circle the conference table, you find the people in charge of Business Development, Finance, Operations, IT, Sales, Manufacturing, and so forth. This is all well and … Continue reading Your First Commitment Is to Your First Team
You are sitting around the conference table. An issue has just been raised that is cause for concern. Suddenly, there is a notable lack of eye contact among the team members. People begin to talk in roundabout ways: “It must have fallen through the cracks.” “Someone dropped the ball on that one.” “There was some … Continue reading The Danger of the Third-party Conversation
If two or more people are working on a project, who is accountable for ensuring that tasks are accomplished and goals are met? (Hint: the answer is not “everyone”!) We have often found in our consulting that people confuse “working on a project” with “being accountable for the project.” For instance, a client may say … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Work with Accountability
In the fifteen years that we have been providing The Complete Leader training program, we have discovered something: the traditional bell curve applies when it comes to how purposeful people are in their pursuit of leadership development. And, in a 1:1 correspondence, the bell curve also applies to how successful those same people are as … Continue reading Where Are You on the “Leading on Purpose” Bell Curve?
Entrepreneurial businesses are fueled by innovation and exploration. Their beginning stages are often characterized by rapid decision-making to capitalize on opportunities, quick adjustments to meet customer needs, and individualized approaches to getting work done. But at some point, the leadership team in such an entrepreneurial company realizes that they need to firm up operational processes … Continue reading 4 Steps to Getting Your Team Onboard with New Processes