Makarios Consulting Blog

Authenticity in the Midst of Crisis

In a crisis, what does your team want from you as a leader? What do they consider essential if they are going to follow you? We can put it in one word – Authenticity. We have had countless discussions during the recent tumultuous months where team members have told us one thing: they literally ache … Continue reading Authenticity in the Midst of Crisis

Communication: High-performing Teams Keep Dialogue Flowing

Communication – always a characteristic of high-performing teams – becomes even more crucial in times of crisis such as we are currently experiencing with the coronavirus pandemic. During a crisis, people are easily distracted as urgent matters arise unpredictably and unexpected developments reshape the business and the marketplace. In recent weeks, we have worked with … Continue reading Communication: High-performing Teams Keep Dialogue Flowing

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