Now More Than Ever


When the going gets tough, the tough get going - or so the saying goes. When times are good, leading a team or an organization can be exhilarating and gratifying. It's also a bit easier to lead when you've got abundant resources and ample opportunities. … Read more

Logic Makes You Think but Emotions Make You Act

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Logic makes you think; emotion makes you act. I’m not sure who first said this, but I heard it recently in the context of improving presentation skills. As I often do, I thought about the truth of this statement in the context of improving leadership skills. “But there’s no place for emotion in … Read more

There is NO Finish Line


You can never lead others where you haven't first led yourself. Gulp. I don't know about you, but when I first heard that quote, it really struck a chord with me. … Read more

Leaders: Want to Have a Great Year? Plan for It

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After returning from a trip recently I found myself inexplicably stressed. I tried to figure out what worry was niggling at the back of my mind. Why should I worry? I had just received word that several proposals had been accepted by clients and that should be cause for elation rather than … Read more

Leadership Lessons from Santa


Tis the season ... for running around, shopping, and scurrying to get to holiday parties, that is. I thought it might be appropriate to take a look at some leadership lessons that we might glean from Jolly Old Saint Nick. After all, he seems to have it going on and I figure we could learn a lot from … Read more

Work is Not a Four-Letter Word


I'm not sure who originated this quote, but I heard it the other day and it resonated with me: We all pray for a harvest (success), but we forget that when harvest time comes, it's a lot of work. Similarly, my grandmother, ("Mimi") used to tell us, "Mais cher, be careful what you pray for, because … Read more

Leading Questions: Twelve Powerful Tools for Your Leadership Toolbox


I've read that you should never ask a question for which you don't already know the answer. Oh wait, maybe I read that in a John Grisham novel. While that may be true for an attorney who's cross-examining a witness, in leadership it is quite the opposite. … Read more

Leaders: Do You Have Employees or Team Members?

Team member or Employee?

Let me ask you a loaded question: In your organization, do you have employees or team members? You might think that there's not much difference between the two. A matter of mere semantics. But I say there's a world of difference. For instance, if you have employees, you likely don't have … Read more

Fantasy Football vs Reality Leadership


It's that time of year again. Yes, school is starting. Moms everywhere are emitting a collective sigh of relief. But what I'm really talking about is that it's time for some football. … Read more

You Can’t Handle the Truth!


Let me ask you a question: As a leader, how do you handle an underperforming team member? Do you wish, hope, and pray that they will improve their performance, that they will change their ways, that they will have some mystical epiphany and correct all of their performance shortcomings? Do you turn … Read more