Leaders… You Really Need Truth-Tellers

Leaders… You Really Need Truth-Tellers My last real (corporate) job was an eleven-year run with a very fast moving “550 mph warehouse” as the company’s founder and CEO has been known to put it. Shortly after I accepted the job offer but before the start date, my new boss, a blunt talking former ...

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Leadership Means Making Hard Decisions

Recently, after a New York City-based physician returning from treating patients in Africa turned up with the Ebola virus (after having also traveled the streets of New York), and a nurse returning from similar duty seemed to evidence precursor symptoms of the disease, the governors of New York ...

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Be Willing to Tolerate a Little ‘White Space’

  *Please see special note below before leaving this page. Many years ago I had the opportunity to do some contract training for Steve Stowell and Matt Starcevich, co-founders of CMOE, the folks who gave birth to the highly effective 8-Step Coaching Model. I remain grateful to them to this ...

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Metrics and Managing – Be Careful What and How You Measure

One of the time honored, oft repeated (sometimes mindlessly) management mantras is, “What gets measured gets done.” It seems harmless enough on the surface, right? After all, if you visibly go to the trouble of measuring or inspecting a particular method or outcome, the very act of doing so ...

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What Are YOU Expecting?

Before the World Cup soccer games even start, U.S. men’s head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann has apparently relegated his team to loser status, in what has been termed a “brutally honest and realistic assessment of their chances.” According to Coach Klinsmann, “We cannot win the World Cup because we ...

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Go Ask Your People

One of the traps that newly appointed managers at any level commonly fall into is in believing that, to be worthy of their job title and pay check, they must have at the ready the solution to every problem, and the answer to every question. I’m speaking from experience. I’ve been there. As a ...

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Business as Sport: Chris Paul Could be Coming to Your Team

Oscar Wilde told us that “life imitates art.” In a similar vein, I would suggest that business imitates sport, especially professional and major college level athletics. Think about it… Our vernacular is chock-full of sports-related terms and analogies. Sports stars are frequent keynoters ...

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Three Things Leaders Can Do to Earn the Benefit of the Doubt

When I begin a new executive coaching engagement, my due diligence process usually involves conducting focused interviews with a representative sample of my client’s peers, direct and indirect reports, other close associates, and of course, their reporting senior. One of the questions I ask is, ...

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Sure

Have you noticed lately the regularity with which business and other leaders tend to begin a sentence with the word, “sure”, even if it’s not remotely related to what’s being asked or discussed? I don’t know if it’s a tic, the latest buzzword, or an unconscious effort to reassure themselves or ...

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How You Treat Dinged Up Workers is a Big, Dot Deal

Once again, the sports world is abuzz over the treatment of an injured player who, at least so far, has been kept on the bench despite being cleared to play. The player in this case is Alex Smith, quarterback of the San Francisco 49’ers. Since being cleared to return to play following a ...

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