Do you want dependent employees … or enabled employees? To phrase it another way, do you prefer your team members to wait for your direction and instruction before taking action (any action)? Or, do you get excited when your employees grab hold of the company’s vision, goals, and objectives with both hands and get the… Continue reading Leadership Challenge: Empower Employees for Extraordinary Results
If you had to sum up in just one word Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, what would that word be? My vote is for “inspiring.” This speech is considered one of the major turning points of the Civil Rights Movement. It was inspiring in the true sense of the word in… Continue reading Leadership Challenge: Breathe New Life into Your People
Fifteen years have passed, but I (Tim) still remember the meeting as if it was yesterday. A dozen senior leaders were sitting around the conference table. I was leading them in an exercise to identify their core values. One of the executives frowned down at the materials in front of him, then caught my eye.… Continue reading Leadership Challenge: Are You Anchored or Adrift?
You might think that a great visionary is someone who comes up with wonderful, creative, profitable ideas. That is the straightforward definition of a visionary in business, and it is the basic job description of any and every visionary. But, the differentiator that moves someone from the “visionary” category to the “great visionary” category is far different.… Continue reading The Differentiator that Makes a Great Visionary
As a leader in business, have you ever had occasion to say, “That sounds good in theory.” Skepticism – even cynicism – underlies that statement. Roughly translated into a glorious jumble of mixed metaphors, what you really mean is, “I hear what you are saying and I think you are living in an ivory tower… Continue reading Taking Up the Leadership Challenge
Gather a company’s leaders together in a conference room to discuss current challenges, new opportunities, tough issues, and the state of the business, and what do you get? The answer can be ‘great results’ if the team works with each other in a way that builds a high level of trust and respect. Our experience… Continue reading The Secret Sauce of Highly Successful Teams