The Psychology of Letting Go, and Admitting Others into the Decision-Making Tent

A little-known fact:  the higher you move up in an organization, the more you must let go and share power to be successful. Leaders typically get to a position of power based on their expertise and/or ability to control and drive others towards specific outcomes, without leaving too many broken and bleeding by the wayside. Ultimately though, those abilities will hamper leaders … Continued

Unruly Leaders: 6 Building Blocks for Behavior Change

Mike is a great leader in so many ways. His senior leaders always rely on him to operationalize huge projects and bring them in well executed, on time, and under budget. He has tremendous drive and clarity about how to efficiently and sometimes miraculously pull things off with limited resources. He also has great vision about new ways to improve the organization … Continued

Versatility: Without it, We Won’t Present Our Ideas Successfully

The fear of presenting is universally recognized as one of the greatest fears people have. The fear of presenting to senior leadership can inspire sleepless nights and much anxiety with perfectionistic doing and re-doing of the slides to prepare.  An interesting fact though is most presenters don’t spend the critical time learning about and preparing for the interests and styles of those … Continued

Leaders who hold steady when others are losing their heads: Staying true to yourself during times of change

One of the most difficult challenges to deal with is ambiguity; the unknown of what might happen next. I see it constantly in the organizations and individuals that I support every day. Leaders can get thrown off relatively easily when the potential for significant change is introduced. Typical examples include: an intention to reorganize is announced a new leader will head up … Continued

The Uncomfortable Attributes of Leading

So often I hear from executive clients that they want their direct reports to step up in the way they can depend on. It’s amazing how many times senior leaders say their “directs just don’t get it”. What they need: Someone they can send to a critical meeting. Someone that thinks beyond current deliverables and is trying to find ways to improve … Continued