Want better meetings?

Of course you do. We all want better meetings. We want people to be present, focused, attentive, and collaborative. I’m not going to give you all the usual advice about only scheduling meetings when absolutely necessary, only inviting the relevant people, and making sure you have an agenda – and then sticking to it. (Yes, I know you see what …

Where is the courage to lead?

I think we all know that leadership – true leadership – requires courage. Here’s something else I think we all know, either consciously or intuitively: courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is about doing the thing even in the presence of fear. Now, there are a lot of leadership experts, gurus, thought leaders, influencers (you name it) out there …

Are you (inadvertently) enabling mediocrity?

People want to do a good job. They want to contribute. It’s part of what makes going to work every day worthwhile – in some ways, a more important part than the paycheck (always assuming said paycheck is in line with roles and responsibilities). So what happens? Why do we have people under-performing or completely missing the mark? There are – …

Leadership development is disruptive

There. I said it: leadership development is disruptive. And I’m serious. It requires that you: Decide who should be trained (which can upset those who aren’t selected); Choose a process for training (which can take precious time that you don’t have); Pull those selected for training out of their regular day-to-day work (which – since they’re your best employees – means …

Comfy? You’re doing it wrong.

Change is uncomfortable. Full stop, end of statement. Whether it’s operational change (implementing new software, for instance) or cultural change (such as a diversity initiative), you’re being challenged to do things differently. Which means you’re being challenged to think differently. And that’s uncomfortable. We generally get it with operational change. We know we’re learning to use a new tool, or working …

Your employees: two tips and a mindset shift

Employees – can’t live with them, can’t live without them, right? Ha. Almost everyone I’ve spoken with recently has said they’re dealing with a higher-than-usual turnover rate (i.e., the Great Resignation), or they’re struggling to hire. Or both. It’s Yet Another Stress Factor in an already really difficult time. And I encourage you to recognize, even in the midst of …

When you just *can’t*

Leaders are supposed to keep on keeping on. They’re supposed to make decisions, offer support, give feedback, notice who’s struggling, catch all the balls, help their teams through burnout, keep projects on track, stagger out of the office and deal with the kids, the dog, the cat, the partner, the family, the friends, the neighbors … Shall I stop now? Because …

Do you have “toxic” managers? Three ways to find out.

Last week, I wrote a post on LinkedIn about a report I’d seen stating that 30% of managers are toxic. That post got a ton of discussion, with wide-ranging opinions from “that’s too high” to “that’s too low” to “what the heck is ‘toxic,’ anyway?” What fun! I don’t know if that 30% is valid or not. The article I read …

Ever work for a “whiz kid”?

Many years ago in my early corporate days, I was on a team reporting to a self-described “whiz kid.” I kid you not. (Pun intended.) He really did call himself a whiz kid. He was a nice enough guy … but a really bad manager. He was so bad that I and my fellow teammates went to not just one, …

Can remote work – work?

There’s a whole host of stories, studies, and opinions on productivity and team collaboration in our pandemic era. Some people are convinced that there’s no way collaboration and innovation can be effective in a remote or hybrid workplace. Other people point to studies showing that many teams and companies are reporting higher productivity and greater trust. What to believe? What to …