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Organizational Clarity Requires Candid Conversations

Achieving organizational clarity requires many leadership skills. The ability to have a candid conversation is one of the essentials. The need for candor was impressed upon me again recently when I (Rip) was working with a client to implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®). We had already put effort into thinking about how their business … Continue reading Organizational Clarity Requires Candid Conversations

It Takes Two Minutes to Stop the Rumor Mill

The rumor mill defies the laws of physics: it is the only place where nothing can create something. In particular, in the absence of solid information from leadership, the rumor mill will generate dozens of theories to answer employee questions. All those theories will have one thing in common: they will be negative. Take this … Continue reading It Takes Two Minutes to Stop the Rumor Mill

Leading Change, Part 3: Unmasking the Biggest Killer of Effective Change Management

If you want to know the biggest killer of effective change management, look no further than lack of communication. When it comes to driving change in your organization, you as a leader need to communicate, communicate, communicate. Then, communicate some more! When you think you have given people information overload, you have probably barely scratched … Continue reading Leading Change, Part 3: Unmasking the Biggest Killer of Effective Change Management

“Dumping” Is Not Delegating

Many people follow a predictable career path: they excel in their job as an individual contributor with no direct reports, the company notices their great performance, and they are promoted to a management position. Many of the same people then stumble into a predictable career pitfall: they are not trained on how to delegate responsibility, … Continue reading “Dumping” Is Not Delegating

Go to the Danger Zone

The scene is the conference room. The actors are the leadership team members of the business. You are there, sitting at the table. You have hard problems to solve – perhaps customer-related, perhaps product-oriented, perhaps financial, perhaps strategic. You have a decision to face: will you tackle the really tough problems that are facing you? … Continue reading Go to the Danger Zone

The Danger of the Third-party Conversation

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