“Unmuddy” Strategic Thinking

2018-09-06T03:48:44+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Is strategic thinking important for leaders? When asked this question, most business leaders said "yes." The remaining said generic use of the term has muddied its meaning. Therefore, let me clarify what I mean by strategic thinking as it applies to work. In my experience, individuals who effectively demonstrate this capability: Use a broad “field of [...]

Strengthen Your Resilience

2018-09-06T03:51:04+00:00August 31st, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Whether you are a C-suite executive, middle manager or an emerging leader, you will continue to face setbacks. Maybe the company is not performing up to expectations or you are not getting the progress you want from employees on key initiatives. Setbacks can start to take a toll on you. How you do you respond [...]

Identify the Right Situation for Executive Coaching

2018-09-06T03:52:35+00:00July 27th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“She is a leader who has some rough edges needing refinement.” “He has done well in his current role, but he isn’t sure how to get to the next level.” “He doesn’t recognize how demotivating he can be to the organization.” “We have tried to help her but nothing has worked. I’m not sure what [...]

Delegate Instead of Doing It

2018-09-07T05:07:15+00:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“If I take the time to explain what I need, they still won’t do it the way that I do. It’s just easier to do it myself.” How often have you or a colleague made such a statement? While you may believe that taking the time to explain is inefficient, take a moment to consider what [...]

The Eyebrow-Raising State of Business Trust

2018-09-07T05:09:19+00:00April 13th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Has trust in our dynamic, global marketplace reached a crisis level over the last year? According to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, the answer is “yes.” This annual, global survey finds the number of countries falling into the “distruster” category increased to two-thirds from one-half in 2016. For countries in this category, trust in business, [...]

Critical Obstacles to Leadership Candor

2018-09-09T04:19:28+00:00March 9th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“If there is one place many of our company’s leaders could improve, it is having candid discussions with people about how they are doing, especially if these people are failing to deliver on expectations.” Do you know any organizations like this? Since I regularly hear statements of this type in my line of work, I [...]

Solving the Employee Performance Puzzle

2018-09-09T04:28:02+00:00February 9th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“What am I missing?” Janet, a concerned division leader, posed this question to me after reading a post I wrote about what leaders can do to get their employees to be accountable. She continued, “It makes sense for me to check situational constraints, ensure capability fit and assess the willingness of my direct reports. Could [...]

What Is Your 2017 M&A Readiness?

2018-09-09T04:35:17+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

It’s the beginning of a new year which brings interest in what the market will look like for the next 12 months, especially from a merger and acquisition (M&A) standpoint. What do you anticipate? How ready is your organization if an M&A is on the horizon? When key market stakeholders were recently asked, most expected [...]

Manage Leadership Team Disruptive Exchanges

2018-09-09T04:40:51+00:00December 8th, 2016|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

How does your leadership team handle meetings that involve a topic where there are vastly opposing viewpoints accompanied by strong emotions? Hopefully, team members are able to keep the intensity in the optimal range of productivity. What happens when they don’t? For those who have had the “opportunity” to experience when the team fails to [...]