Makarios Consulting Blog

Category: Leadership Training

fear culture workplace

Detecting a Culture of Fear

I (Tim) recall hearing about a leader who, when asked what his management style was, stated without apology, “Fear.” He purposefully and aggressively worked to instill fear in his people, believing that if they were afraid of him they would work better. You are likely repulsed by the thought of such a “leadership style,” and… Continue reading Detecting a Culture of Fear

toxic leadership

Toxicity Is Not Okay

Company offices can readily turn into interpersonal battlegrounds. Verbal grenades explode one after the other – undercutting, demeaning, belittling, attacking, insulting, and destroying team members. In consequence, work does not get done and forward progress stalls, damaging the business. How does this happen? Particularly when the people involved are capable, competent individuals? An antagonistic culture… Continue reading Toxicity Is Not Okay

managing up

Four Strategies for Managing Up

One of the most difficult and painful positions you can find yourself in as an experienced and capable leader is needing to “manage up” because your boss does not have your back. It is an unenviable position – but that does not mean it is an impossible situation. Let’s consider an all-too-common scenario: you lead… Continue reading Four Strategies for Managing Up

relationship management, leadership

Driving Outstanding Outcomes through Relationship Management

In our series on emotional intelligence (EQ), we have discussed self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness. We now turn to the fourth and final skill that drives emotional intelligence: relationship management. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves define relationship management in their book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 as follows: “Relationship management is your ability to use your awareness… Continue reading Driving Outstanding Outcomes through Relationship Management

social awareness leadership

Dueling Monologues vs. Active Listening: How to Improve Social Awareness

In our continuing series on emotional intelligence, we are moving from self-awareness and self-management into the social space as we now turn to social awareness. As defined by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves in their book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, “Social awareness is your ability to accurately pick up on emotions in other people and understand… Continue reading Dueling Monologues vs. Active Listening: How to Improve Social Awareness

visionary leadership

5 Tips to Boost Your Success as a Visionary

“Visionaries have groundbreaking ideas. Integrators make those ideas a reality. This explosive combination is the key to getting everything you want out of your business.” As leadership and business consultants, we see these words from Gino Wickman’s book Rocket Fuel played out every day among our clients. That being said, the relationship between Visionaries and… Continue reading 5 Tips to Boost Your Success as a Visionary