Leadership Development

Are you polishing your sneakers?

August 13, 2020
One CEO was known for telling employees, “You’re not going to be able to polish that sneaker,” when he realized that they were spending valuable time on something that’s not worth the effort. Just as an old sneaker can’t be polished back into usefulness or even good appearance, some efforts just won’t get you anywhere.

I’ve reached the top—now what?

August 13, 2020
Learning the principles of leadership is a lifelong task. But that doesn’t mean you won’t reach the majority of your leadership goals at some point during your career—and then find yourself wondering what comes next. Here are some thoughts on staying fresh and keeping the challenge alive.

Don’t let grudges poison your leadership

August 13, 2020
One of the worst effects of holding a grudge is that you may have trouble distinguishing your personal overreactions from legitimate misgivings about the employee. Take these steps if you feel you might be holding a grudge.

Leadership Tips, Vol. 0920

August 13, 2020
Can you think on your feet as fast as the Oakland A’s? …  When NOT to use the “rule of three” … Go ahead, switch your seat

Too persuadable? Stick to email

July 12, 2020
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When under pressure, who are you?

July 9, 2020
Exceptional times—good or bad—often require leaders to change, either to take advantage of what’s going right or to remedy what isn’t. Look closely at three aspects of your leadership.

Learn how to stop talking

July 9, 2020
Knowing what to say in a difficult situation and getting started on saying it are often-discussed problems. Yet it’s just as difficult for many of us to stop talking once we get rolling.

Sound Bites: July ’20

June 24, 2020
Delivering bad news? Take this three-pronged approach … Urge staffers to settle disputes on their own … Ask job candidates about past conflicts … Say “Thanks” in person

Leadership Tips, Vol. 0720

June 10, 2020
Control your time … Take this test to measure staff alignment

7 secrets to success

May 14, 2020
When people ponder what makes an effective leader, sometimes they get caught up in style at the expense of substance. A strong handshake and commanding voice are nice qualities, but they don’t guarantee management success.