Leading with Authenticity

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…

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…

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…

Building a Positive Culture with Remote Teams

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Leading remote teams, particularly during uncertain times, forces leaders to elevate their game around connecting, communicating, being productive and remaining positive. Create connections First, formalize team rituals. Since going to lunch together or catching up in the break room are no longer available options to connect, initiate daily or weekly hang-out time. This can be a happy…

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.…

What the World Needs Now

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We have all experienced the limiting effects of this pandemic on buinesses, schools, recreational activities, entertainment, and social gatherings.  As a result, we have lost many daily human interactions and connections. We are social animals. Connecting with and helping one another is wired deeply in our brains. Neuroscience shows that helping others is not only…

Creating Real Connections with Remote Teams

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The sustained nature of this remote working environment has moved past virtual happy hours and daily check-in calls to build a positive culture. Continuing to lead remote teams is now forcing leaders to elevate their culture-building creativity and skills. Before to the current pandemic, an intact team had prior connections and a shared history once…