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 [...]

Lead Through Uncertainty

2018-09-09T04:45:51+00:00November 10th, 2016|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

You have a new boss. The company culture is changing as the strategic plan is implemented. The market shifts in an unexpected direction. The country elects a new president. What do these things have in common? They all are accompanied by uncertainty which you are faced with managing as a leader in your organization. Ignoring [...]

What I’m Not Going to Do

2018-09-09T04:50:59+00:00October 6th, 2016|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“My tasks and responsibilities have grown so much that I can’t get ahead of them. It seems like I’m barely treading water.” If you have found yourself thinking this or saying this to a trusted confidante, you are not the only one. This is a comment I frequently hear from executives, especially those in aggressive-growth [...]

Be Your Own Work Catalyst

2018-09-10T04:19:59+00:00September 8th, 2016|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

What do you do if you notice your enthusiasm and energy waning regarding work that you have historically enjoyed and found challenging? This is not unusual. Whether you are an executive taking an organization in a new strategic direction or an emerging leader focusing on your daily responsibilities, it can happen. In fact, over 50 [...]

Calibrate Leader Confidence, Arrogance and Humility

2018-09-10T04:45:40+00:00August 9th, 2016|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Calibrate Your View of Leader Confidence, Arrogance and Humility from Ryan Lahti This slide deck will help to gauge confidence, arrogance and humility related to your leaders. You can view the deck in full screen mode by clicking on the arrows in the bottom right corner. ----------- Ryan Lahti is the founder and managing principal [...]

Understand How to Get Accountability

2018-08-29T20:25:31+00:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“I have tried to hold them accountable, but they still do not meet expectations.” Executives say this to me quite a bit regarding the people who work with them in their companies. As you might have guessed from this statement, accountability continues to be an area of deficiency in their organizations. More specifically, colleagues, direct [...]

Direct Reports: Colleagues or Competitors?

2018-09-10T04:57:58+00:00June 16th, 2016|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

As a leader, how do you view your direct reports? Do you see them as colleagues, or do you see them as competitors? Although you might assume that leaders view their direct reports as colleagues more than competitors, this is not necessarily the case. I have encountered seasoned executives as well as individuals just beginning [...]

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