Leadership Blind Spots: A Lesson from Seinfeld

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All the questions in the world will not help your team if you are not listening. You don’t learn when you’re talking; you learn when you’re listening. Excellent coaches are also excellent listeners and learners. Mark Twain said, “If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one…

Invisibility

Invisibility

Although Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility is a very cool accoutrement, invisibility is really the last thing that most humans want. Humans have a fundamental need to be seen and heard. Simply acknowledging people, their input or efforts is validating. We don’t require 1,000 likes from social media “friends,” but we do need human-to-human affirmation that…

Leading with Authenticity

Winning leaders are accessible and authentic. That formula for leadership success has not changed in 25 years. Here are some examples and steps you can take to step up your leadership game. For 25 years, we asked lots of clients and colleagues questions about their experiences with strategy execution (what we call "adherence"), including this…

Teamwork

Teamwork is connected independence. Stunning photography and inspirational quotes are combined in The Nature of Excellence 88-page, coffee-table-size ($14.95) or gift size ($7.95) book. Through the twin lens of insight and imagery, you’ll discover the natural excellence that surrounds us. You will also learn from the wisdom of more than 100 successful people who have…

Two Words to Motivate

How do I motivate my team, my kids, my spouse, my anyone? It’s an age-old question with a myriad of different answers... too many to even summarize here. So, in our information overloaded world, let me boil it down to this. If you want to motivate, then appreciate.  We do more for those who appreciate us.…

Leadership Clarity and Consistency

Leadership inputs yield predictable organizational outcomes, particularly during uncertain times. This infographic illustrates the effects of leadership clarity and consistency versus leadership ambiguity and inconsistency. Your team's health and productivity are your choice.  They are depending on your clarity and consistency now more than ever. Contact us to discuss how we can help. ------------------------------------Check out 7 Moments... that…

Texting and Mastery

I am a pretty proficient texter, although I can't hold a candle to your average teenager. I recall when I purchased my first iPhone years ago, I was typing a text to my technology partner, Harry. I was encouraging him to do what he does best. I kept is short and sweet by writing, "Just…

Parent as Leader – Leader as Parent

The more we lead, the more we work with leaders, and the more we parent, the more we see compelling parallels between leadership and parenting. Leaders are parents, and parents are leaders. They are in different settings with parallel roles. Here is an excerpt from a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. titled, "Children Learn What They Live." As you…

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Most of us are so technologically connected that we couldn’t disconnect even if we tried. Many of us fear having to stare down that dark tunnel of technology withdrawal. What we are talking about, however, is connecting versus being connected. We live in a high-tech world, but building positive relationships is still a high-touch job.…

Words Create Worlds

Sticks and stones may break my bones, and words really can hurt me. Many of us grew up saying a slightly different version of the previous phrase asserting that words could not hurt us. However, we now know that words are building blocks for our self-image and personal expectations. Our words create worlds. The English language…