Recently, I was working with a team of managers on their organization’s leadership culture when one of the participants received an urgent call from his manager, who told him to fly back to corporate headquarters right away. There had to be an emergency meeting about an issue at one of the company’s plants that was

What Type of Leadership Culture are You Promoting?

Perhaps one of the best parts of being an effective leader is knowing that the work you choose to do each day is in alignment with your personal goals and convictions and values. Such internal synergy can create a sense of great calm—what I like to refer to as the ability to sleep well at

Leaders, Here’s How To Get a Good Night’s Sleep

To be successful, leaders must take a personal leadership check-up. This isn’t something that is boring or time consuming. A leadership check up involves taking a few minutes to reflect and understand your leadership skills, your opportunities, where you’re going, and where you want to be. It’s like preventative care and maintenance for leaders.

Take this Leadership Check-Up

Why do you do your job? For leadership and management opportunities? Something makes you get out of bed every morning and go to work, ready for another day of challenges and accomplishments. Is it the money? Bills that you need to pay? Prestige? Or have you followed a career path that truly interests you, and

The Leadership and Management Rut

Last week I heard a group of leaders say, “If our leaders could just engage our employees to work when they are here, we would be unstoppable!” Can you relate to this?

How Leaders Engage Employees to Show Up

Think of a time when you just read a great leadership book or attended a fantastic leadership workshop and immediately put into action what you learned. Isn’t it a great feeling to uncover a solution to a problem or situation and then take action? Yes, it is fun to continuously learn and improve as leaders!

Supportive Leadership vs. Old School

Getting buy-in on tough decisions from team members is a challenge for many leaders when the change initiatives may be unpopular. As an example, let’s say that a company’s owners have made a tough decision to change their employees’ health insurance carriers. This could be a real hassle for many workers—it might mean having to

Communicating Tough Decisions to Team Members

The game of life rules provide a key and immediate benefit—one that many people do not realize—is that increasing your leadership skills will help you win. And I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like to win! It doesn’t matter what you do for a living – if you exude leadership qualities, you will outperform others.

The Game Of Life Rules — Five Winning Outcomes

There will always be employees whom you cannot reach—team members with goals that do not match those of the organization and who are unwilling or unable to change.

Detecting a Saboteur – the Ultimate Leadership Skill

We have had a huge response to the article Leadership Skills #9: A Great Leader = A Great Teacher. Let’s expand on a leader’s role of how to be “a great teacher” and providing resources for others to find success.

Teaching and Keeping the Best

Are you familiar with the term “nomophobia”? Nomophobia is what happens to people when they don’t have access to their cell phones. It stands for No Mobile Phobia. Is this real? People actually get nervous when they are out of touch and will experience anxiety if they don’t have a way to communicate with others?

Manager Feedback: Employees Want It Now!

Difficult employees are the most difficult to reach and are often the eccentric ones, the extremely talented ones, or the rainmakers who bring in the customer base. People who are often labeled “difficult people” are the ones that become our best leaders. Too many managers run off their best people under the guise the person

Excelling with Difficult Employees