Strategic Leadership

Get a handle on experts’ bills

May 12, 2021
You’ve found a reputable attorney, accounting firm, or consultant, one that has the skills you need and promises good service. Now it’s time to think about negotiating ways to make it easier to control expenses and pay the bills as they come in. We recommend several ways to keep experts’ bills in hand.

Rethink your attitude toward managing risk

May 12, 2021
Are you managing risk—or is risk managing you? You and your organization won’t get ahead by playing it safe all the time. Ask these questions to gauge your attitude toward risk.

When to share sensitive data

May 12, 2021
Transparency in an organization is good, but not everything is meant to be shared with employees or the public. When deciding whether to put information out where everyone can see it, consider these issues.

Don’t mistake kindness for leadership

May 12, 2021
Managers gain power and influence by treating their employees with kindness and respect. Some managers, though, can’t tell the difference between kindness and accountability. You can’t abdicate the needs of leadership, however, so stay clear of these traits that can steer you astray.

Is your organization traumatized?

May 12, 2021
Organizational trauma takes many forms. Regardless of the specifics, says Diana Hendel, PharmD, trauma affects organizations in predictable (and deeply destructive) ways.

Solve problems; don’t hand them off

April 14, 2021
One of the key causes of friction between departments is “dumping”—the act of solving one of your department’s problems in a way that creates a burden for another department. It’s easy to fall into if you don’t anticipate the consequences of your decisions. Look out for the following kinds of situations.

For advice, tap these employees

April 14, 2021
You depend on your employees for ideas, input and feedback, but you have to listen to the right employees for the best information. Identify specific types of employees to help you make decisions effectively.

Double up to succeed at change

March 10, 2021
Change is often difficult, but it can seem even harder if you have to go it alone. Try these three strategies for pairing up change partners.

Address fears before change

March 10, 2021
Most employees will support change, even on a large scale, if they understand the need for it—and if they don’t see a high personal cost to themselves. Before asking your employees to follow you, analyze how the change will affect them in four areas.

Navigate business growth: 10 tips

March 10, 2021
When running a business, you are constantly striving to promote growth. Once things start to take off, there’s often a whole new set of challenges that must be addressed. Here are a few tips I’ve found useful when navigating a period of business growth and expansion.