Are you leading with power or force?

Nearly 25 years ago, psychologist David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., proposed that human beings operate at different levels of consciousness. He outlined his research in a groundbreaking book called «Power vs Force.» 8 Things Leaders Do That Make Employees Quit


Don’t Let Limited Perspective Destroy Your Team

Recently, I’ve watched an organization of passionate and caring people disintegrate. The limited perspective of leaders and team members has frustrated communication and problem-solving. They’ve devolved into camps of us vs. them. It can happen to any team if you don’t pay attention to how you see the world. Don’t Let Limited Perspective Destroy Your Team


Great feedback is "EARNed"

During leadership trainings I will often ask participants to describe what good (and poor) feedback looks and feels like. Great feedback is «EARNed»


How to have more impactful one-to-ones with your team.

Most of these are spent looking back at what’s gone on since your last catch-up or looking at the present with the classic: ‘what have you got on at the moment?’. When I changed the structure of my one-to-one meetings with my team, it completely changed the relationships I had with them and nearly all of them made a point of saying how much they looked forward to them — […]


How nice leaders create team drama

Just because a person in a position of leadership is liked does not mean he or she is a competent leader. Although the boss-employee relationship is of paramount importance, when relationships become misaligned with organizational goals, team problems shortly follow. A pattern that’s easy to miss: A faltering team that belongs to a likeable leader. How nice leaders create team drama



What most leadership advice gets wrong

 «Just as discipline and freedom are opposing forces that must be balanced, leadership requires finding the equilibrium in the dichotomy of many seemingly contradictory qualities” Jocko Willink What most leadership advice gets wrong  


Give me a "T" for teamwork

Dysfunction is prevalent across many organizations and so management responds with an increase in training. Yet holding team-building activities when management is in flux, standards are declining and behaviors are eroding is akin to selling life insurance policies as the Titanic is sinking — meaningless. Give me a «T» for teamwork


Seven key steps to getting out of your team’s way

Early in the year I wrote about my personal vision to create better, happier workplaces and my commitment to focus on the management behaviors that lead to ideal workplaces. In the first blog post I shared the benefits of and best approaches to positive reinforcement. This week we’ll look at getting out of your team’s way. Yes, you read that right. People are happier when they have a leader who […]


Why Visionary Leadership Fails

Visionary leadership is widely seen as key to strategic change. That’s because visionary leadership does not just set the strategic direction — it tells a story about why the change is worth pursuing and inspires people to embrace the change. Not surprisingly, then, science and practice have a very positive view of visionary leadership as a critical leadership competency. Why Visionary Leadership Fails