Increasing Leadership Finesse in STEM Organizations

2018-12-11T06:15:28+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 and [...]

Four Ways to Accelerate Your Executive Team’s Productivity

2018-09-29T05:41:51+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

2018-09-29T05:44:00+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 [...]

How to Manage the Doubtful Victim Mindset

2018-10-28T01:55:26+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Have you ever encountered a “victim mindset” in your day-to-day work? Chances are that you have. Whether you find it at the executive or middle-management level, most of us have worked with someone (or possibly multiple people) who personifies this mindset. Your challenge as a leader is figuring out how to handle it. In order [...]

Recover Credibility After Missteps

2018-10-28T01:58:14+00:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“The timing of the product launch was poor. I told my team it should not be done that month,” stated Brad (the division president). “Brad, don’t you lead that division? Based on what you just said in the last few minutes, there were at least two important factors for the product that were not considered. [...]

Manage Up to Improve Your Situation

2018-09-06T03:45:16+00:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“You have to learn to manage up better.” Perhaps someone has said this to you or a colleague. To manage up, you need to be strategic in how you handle work relationships with your boss and individuals higher on the company ladder that possess more power than you. When you manage up with leaders, the [...]

“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 [...]