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

Leading Your Leader: 5 Steps to Manage Up and Move Up

You dreaded this moment, and yet it has arrived. The leader to whom you report has launched another initiative to pursue a new client that has everyone charging down the wrong road. How do you know? You have been down that road before and what you found at the end of it was not pretty. Your manager appears bent on his objective. … 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