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

Leading Collaboration: It’s About Connecting, Not Calm

You have decided that collaboration is an important company value and critical to its culture. However, what does that mean in practice to a leader? Consider the following scene: Leader: Okay, how are we doing on the Xerxes project? Engineer, how is the programming going? Engineer: It’s going, but it would go a whole lot better if Sales hadn’t come back in … Continued

Why So Many Great Ideas Get Lost

Jason has many breakthrough ideas for streamlining processes within his company, but often doesn’t share them. He prefers to think things through thoroughly before he speaks. When challenged, he needs time to prepare his responses. It’s not because he isn’t bright. Quite the contrary, he is actually brilliant, and may be the most talented person for process implementation in his entire multi-national organization. He grew up in a family … Continued

If You Want Your Leaders to Step Up, Get Off the Step

A familiar lament heard among senior executives these days is “I can’t get my potential leaders to step up and champion new strategies to attract new customers and beat the competition.” Whether the comment comes from seasoned veterans or newer leaders building new organizations, all of them appreciate the greatly accelerated competitiveness of the global economy. To deal with it, these executives … Continued