It can be challenging for companies to identify leaders. And some companies wait until an employee reaches a management position before investing in their leadership potential. But at that point, it can be too late, because some bad habits may have become ingrained, while positive competencies you would want to instill by that point may […]
Trust Fall: Are You Cultivating a Culture of Trust?
High performance teams aren’t just a group of experts. They’re talented people who work collaboratively and enable each other to be better. And for a team to reach this level of excellence, a strong degree of trust between/among individuals and across the entire team is critical. But as we all know, trust takes time and […]Communication, Company Culture, High performance, Innovation, Relationships, Trust
How to Give Constructive Feedback
When you are in a leadership role, you are frequently in the position of giving other people critical feedback. And in criticism, as in comedy, timing is everything. When you’re giving constructive feedback (including positive feedback, although I’m focusing on constructive criticism below), try to give that feedback as soon as possible. Here’s why: The […]Coaching, constructive feedback, Feedback, Listening
Levis on the Stock Exchange – How’s Your Dress Code?
As the Levi-Strauss company prepares to re-join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today, employees of the NYSE are being encouraged to wear jeans to work. Normally that’s a no-no, but their trying to get into the jeans spirit, apparently! I figured it was only a matter of time before casual dress made it back […]corporate dress policy, Dress code, NYSE, policy
Happy Trails: What to Do When a Popular Employee Leaves
It’s amazing how much the presence of just one person can influence a team. If the person has a negative influence, teams are often relieved when they leave and may regroup without much help from leaders. It’s much trickier, however, when a highly respected, well-liked employee leaves. Depending on their reason for leaving, employees may […]Feedback, Popular employee, Team
Managing Star Players Behaving Badly
During a recent Golden State Warriors-Los Angeles Clippers basketball game, Warriors’ Draymond Green made an ego-driven mistake that cost his team the game. When confronted about it afterwards, Green reportedly got belligerent and was suspended for the following game. In a recent Inc. piece, John Boitnott explained how while this was a hot story in […]Basketball, Coaching, Leaders, leadership, Sports, Team
My Bad. (Or Not My Bad?)
It’s interesting when leaders believe they should never apologize. I say “interesting” because an apology is one of the most basic ways we have, as human beings, for expressing remorse or regret. It’s also simple to do and almost always — when it’s sincere — well-received. It’s not clear why some leaders believe they should […]leadership, Self-Awareness
Meeting Management: 10 Quick Tips
This week’s blog is a quick video with our 10 best tips for managing meetings. From establishing a clear purpose to handling rude participants, we cover it all! Question: What is something you regularly do to make meetings more effective?
How to Keep a Secret
[huge_it_share] One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “Three people can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Kinda boils it all down, doesn’t it? Stephen M. R. Covey’s excellent book The Speed of Trust makes a brilliant case that trust helps businesses move faster. To take advantage of the speed […]
What You Can Learn About Leadership from Anthony Weiner
The saga of embattled New York mayoral candidate and former US Congressman Anthony Weiner has been chronicled minute by minute in print, online and on broadcast news channels. While sex-related scandals involving politicians seem as old as politics itself, the story of Weiner’s sexting (most recently with Sydney Leathers) has a lesson for leaders in […]