Exceptional Leaders Finesse Uncertainty and Risk

2020-10-26T00:40:46+00:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Conflict, crises, office politics and major shifts in the economy share a similarity. All of them are tricky situations. Whether or not you realize it, you regularly face different forms of these circumstances in fulfilling daily job responsibilities. How do exceptional leaders handle these challenges? Exceptional leaders distinguish themselves from their counterparts by the way [...]

Three Costly Mistakes Leaders Make in Stakeholder Relations

2020-07-27T22:51:56+00:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Mishandling circumstances with board members or bosses can have career-limiting consequences. Misunderstandings with clients and customers can result in lost revenue. Failing to decipher political dynamics occurring among peers can create silos. Regardless of who the stakeholders are, some relational miscues are costly. How well do you recognize stakeholder perspectives while communicating your own? As [...]

Don’t Shy Away From Political Behavior

2020-06-16T05:20:17+00:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

When you hear the term "political behavior," what happens? Maybe you cringe as you think of the antics of candidates during an election campaign. Perhaps you get a bad taste in your mouth as you recall questionable actions of corporate colleagues. Most of us have witnessed one form of political behavior that leaves a negative [...]

Two Critical Takeaways for Organizational Effectiveness

2020-06-16T04:04:23+00:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

How effective is your company, division or department? I’m not merely referring to the efficient use of resources such as money, technology and materials. Organizational effectiveness is broader than that. It involves setting and accomplishing the right objectives with the right resources in the right way. Since organizational effectiveness has more than one determinant, I want [...]

The Progression and Impact of the Chief Data Officer

2019-09-14T03:31:39+00:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

If your company doesn’t already have a chief data officer (CDO), there is a good chance it could be a topic of discussion. Why? According to Gartner, the office of the CDO will be a crucial function similar to IT, finance, HR and business operations in 75% of large companies by 2021. Although the CDO [...]

Is It Really Executive Presence?

2019-09-11T23:40:48+00:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

You have probably heard colleagues make comments about the executive presence of certain leaders. If so, take a minute to think about whether your colleagues are truly on target. The term executive presence is tossed around quite a bit regarding someone’s positive impact in meetings and other business situations. It is misleading. Why? From my [...]

Increasing Leadership Finesse in STEM Organizations

2019-03-01T22:38:22+00:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

How can you reduce employee churn in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) organizations that costs billions of dollars? Consider leadership finesse. In my last article, I alluded to leadership finesse and how it helps create motivating work environments where STEM-skilled employees thrive and want to stay. In this follow-up article, I expand on STEM organizations [...]

Build STEM Work Environments That Retain STEM Skills

2019-03-01T22:40:34+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

In recent years, news outlets have stressed the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. How important are these skills? 75% of the fastest-growing occupations require STEM skills. U.S. employment in STEM fields has gone up more than 30% since 2000. This information is great to hear if you are a STEM advocate [...]

Four Ways to Accelerate Your Executive Team’s Productivity

2019-03-04T19:21:24+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“We are an executive team in name only.” “We are all senior leaders at the same company, we participate in the same meetings, but we do not collaborate well as a unit.” “We have no common objective and struggle with accountability.” In my work, I regularly hear senior leadership at organizations make these comments. If [...]

How to Manage the Arrogant Victim Mindset

2019-03-04T19:24:32+00:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

The victim mindset can affect average and high performers in any organization in any industry. Ultimately, it can impact the bottom line when it is not managed. In part one of this series, I addressed the first form of the victim mindset I have dealt with across 20 industries: the doubtful victim. In this second and final [...]

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