Simple Truths of Growth

This past year certainly forced many of us to grow in ways we would have never imagined and faster than we could have ever imagined. Here are the simple truths of growth: What gets watered grows. Growth is a choice. Growth occurs when you are uncomfortable. When you help others grow, you grow. Growth opportunities are limitless.…

A Moment to Invest

In 7 Moments… that Define Excellent Leaders some of my favorite stories appear under a moment to invest.  Here is one of them… In the late 1890s, two young men were working their way through Stanford University when, during the semester, their funds got desperately low, and they came up with the idea of engaging Ignacy Paderewski,…

Top 10 Employee Selection Mistakes… and Solutions

Selecting the right people is a critical leadership lever that drives growth. Employee selection is the ultimate pay-me-now or pay-me-later leadership proposition. Do it effectively now and reap the benefits of a high-performing team later. Do it fast and cheap now, and pay the price later of increased turnover, underperforming teams, a diluted culture and…

Leadership Matters

In today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, good results aren’t good enough. To win, you need to produce extraordinary results. Extraordinary results come from extraordinarily performing teams. And where there is an extraordinary team, you can bet there is an inspiring leader. That’s why leadership – specifically, your leadership – matters. Leadership matters because extraordinarily performing teams are…

Are You in Touch with Your FEBA?

A common misperception among leaders is that once you get to a certain level, you should consider only a 30,000-foot perspective (i.e., the big picture) of your business. Although a high-level perspective is necessary for leadership success, it must be accompanied by an in-depth understanding of your team’s operation (e.g., your drivers of cost, profit,…

Aligning your Team for Healthy Growth

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Very few tasks are performed completely in isolation for today's leader. Leaders harness diverse resources and collaborate across functions. In fact, our favorite definition of teamwork is "connected independence." The success of most organizations is directly proportionate to their leaders' ability to inspire excellent teamwork. High-performing teams consciously apply the Team Effectiveness and Alignment Model (T.E.A.M.). As…

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…

3 Daily Habits of Great Coaches

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A great leader is a great coach. For years, we have asked clients who the best leader they ever had was. Predictably responses include that "My best leader... pushed me believed in me helped me realize my potential invested time in developing me." In other words, these really good leaders were really great coaches. They also…

3 Words to Change the World

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Although it’s an ambitious goal to change the world, we often underestimate our singular power to change the world of those around us. We don’t have to be a billionaire giving away cars or houses to positively change someone’s world. We each have that same power. We don’t even have to do anything!  We only have…

Competence Builds Confidence

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Seven-time Super Bowl Champion, Tom Brady, knows that boosting competence boosts confidence ... and confidence is fuel for high achievers.  Brady's competence at his position gave Tampa Bay the confidence it needed to elevate from mediocre to championship status. Building your competence is like cleaning your house. If you stop cleaning, dust collects. The need to clean never…