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Leadership Courage Part 3: Tackling the Tough Issues

Imagine you are walking along and see an old, empty paint can in the road. Do you pick it up and throw it into the nearest dumpster – or, do you kick it down the road? Most corporate teams, if they answered the metaphorical question honestly, would admit that they tend to kick the can … Continue reading Leadership Courage Part 3: Tackling the Tough Issues

Leadership Courage Part 2: Engaging in Open Dialogue and Healthy Conflict

Peak team and company performance depends on open dialogue and healthy conflict. Unfortunately, the dialogue within many teams and at many companies is often less than open and the conflict is anything but healthy. There are many possible reasons for less-than-optimal interpersonal communications. For example, people may: Protect their turf rather than looking at the … Continue reading Leadership Courage Part 2: Engaging in Open Dialogue and Healthy Conflict

Leadership Courage Part 1: Clarifying Roles and Responsibilities for Peak Team Performance

It is easy to say that businesses need to be clear about what needs to be done and who needs to do it to achieve optimum performance. But it is so hard to do. Leadership teams habitually struggle to clarify roles and responsibilities: it requires discipline and courage to define the seats you need on … Continue reading Leadership Courage Part 1: Clarifying Roles and Responsibilities for Peak Team Performance

Culture by Intention or Culture by Default?

Corporate culture can be created in one of two ways: by intention or by default. The corollary is that if you don’t create a positive corporate culture by intention, you may end up with a negative corporate culture by default. We were once called into a company to help a brand new leader because he … Continue reading Culture by Intention or Culture by Default?

Corporate Culture Starts at the Top

“The culture of a company is the behavior of its leaders. Leaders get the behavior  they exhibit and tolerate. You change the culture of the company by changing the behavior of its leaders.” – Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done   One company’s culture is characterized by blaming, negativity, and disengagement. … Continue reading Corporate Culture Starts at the Top

Why You Must Confront Toxic Superstars

You’ve met toxic superstars. He’s the killer developer, spinning out innovative code that generates big-time bucks for the business – but he’s arrogant, cocky, and entitled to the nth degree. She’s the account rep who uses her highly advanced persuasion skills with prospects and effortlessly breaks every sales goal – but she treats her co-workers … Continue reading Why You Must Confront Toxic Superstars