leadership development


Coaching Attitudes, Behaviors, and Techniques

December 13, 2016

I get a lot of questions from my clients about help with coaching their people for success. I universally respond that the root of the issue the leader could be having with their direct report is either based in the […]


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Creating an Effective Leader Development Program

October 31, 2016

My work has led me to some conclusions related to learning and development that will help any organization seeking to position itself for future success: 1. Leadership is Everyone’s Job. It isn’t just for senior managers; it needs to be […]


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Are Leaders Born or Made

September 30, 2016

First, let me say that the question: Are leaders born or made, is an age old question; and there is not just a simple answer. Leadership is behavioral and behaviors are influenced both by genes (personality and intellect) and by […]


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Leadership: Going from Good to Great

June 27, 2016

When I am talking with leaders in an informal setting, like a networking event or even something going on in my neighborhood, I consistently get asked one question: “What are the one or two things I can do differently as […]


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Holding Your Team Accountable

May 27, 2016

I continue to get questions about accountability. During some training with clients, I heard this complaint: “We have this 20 year employee and every time we give them a simple task they fail to accomplish it and someone else has […]


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Are You Working IN or ON the Business?

April 22, 2016

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. — Stephen R Covey Are you leading your business, or is your business leading you? Are you Working IN or […]


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Leading with Empathy

March 29, 2016

Empathy Definition: The feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions: the ability to share someone else’s feelings. Empathy is valuable in the workplace. Most of us work on teams. We must be able to foster productive […]


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Leading with Vision

February 29, 2016

One of the five practices of an exemplary leader is to inspire a shared vision. A great definition of vision is: An ideal, unique image of the future for the common good. When talking to leaders, they often get mission […]


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Modeling the Way Through Company Values

December 15, 2015

One of the five practices of an exemplary leader is to Model the Way. Model the Way is the easiest practice to understand and grasp, but can be one of the harder practices to execute (especially in stressful, tense work […]


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Executing Tough Decisions

November 23, 2015

Once in a while, great companies have to execute tough decisions. Sometimes these tough decisions are things like: Work force layoffs, cutting expenses, freezing wages, suspending bonus etc. These decisions are meant for the greatest good of all employees and, […]


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Setting Goals for 2017

October 30, 2015

If you haven’t completed your goals for 2017. It is ok. You are not alone. Your goal planning process should be fairly straight forward and follow the SMART ( Specific, Realistic, Attainable, Realistic, Measurable) acronym. SMART goals are built for […]


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Setting Expectations for Performance

September 25, 2015

One way for a leader to enhance employee engagement is to build performance management based on SMART goals. Employees are more likely to own the goals and be actively engaged in achieving them if they are allowed to co-create those […]


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Tips for Increasing Accountability

5 Step Process to Gain Accountability

August 26, 2015

Accountability continues to be a very valuable topic today for my clients. They tell me there is real confusion on the topic and quite honestly far too little accountability being executed in their companies. I am going to discuss a […]


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Develop Leadership Capabilities

July 31, 2015

Most improvement comes from changing behaviors. It really does not matter whether you are trying to upgrade your status of your health by exhibiting an increased cadence of exercise or developing your leadership capabilities by making progress on behaviors associated […]


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Manager vs. Leader

June 26, 2015

Manager vs. Leader Often we use the words manager and leader interchangeably, but there are big differences between the 2 roles. There is no doubt that most leaders must also manage, but not all managers lead or know how to […]


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Leadership Messaging: Constituents Perception or Your Reality

May 29, 2015

Leadership Messaging: Constituents Perception or Your Reality In your world where your brain is swirling with an endless number of items, you may want to occasionally pause to take a breath, clear your head, and make sure the messages you […]


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Leadership and Self-Awareness

April 29, 2015

Recently, 31 leadership experts were called upon to list their top 3 skills or traits of a great leader.   Here are the top 7 vote getters: 1. Integrity (10 votes) 2. Helps Others Succeed (8 votes) 3. Self-Awareness (7 […]


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The Importance of Modeling the Way

March 27, 2015

There are many interesting benefits that are born out of the successful implementation of the behaviors that encompass the practices of exemplary leaders.   Recently, one of my clients conveyed to me how she was making better and faster decisions. […]


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behaviors of empowerment

Leadership Behaviors of Empowerment

February 25, 2015

As a leader, how do you empower your people to take action? Enable others to act, one of the 5 practices of exemplary leaders, is probably the most often cited as having the largest area of need for improvement. This […]


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Progress Not Perfection

January 30, 2015

Progress Not Perfection- Do you only execute when you think you have achieved “perfection”? When I talk to my clients about the execution of leadership behaviors I constantly remind them to just “make progress” and resist the temptation to only […]


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Leadership Doesn’t Happen Without Courage

August 28, 2014

Leadership doesn’t happen without courage. Courage is having strength in the face of perceived pain or grief. There are a few things about courage I have observed in my study of key Leadership principles. First, courage is a skill that […]


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Micromanaging or Hands Off?

September 27, 2013

Often times when talking to those who are led by someone else I hear words of frustration like: “My boss gave me a project and he is constantly looking over my shoulder, almost daily asking me questions about status and […]


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