Who challenges who?

It is said, you are only as good as the five people you hang around with the most. As a leader, if the people you lead do not challenge and inspire you, then it is highly likely you do not challenge or inspire them. Do you challenge them or let them off the hook? Do...

Why are we here

One of the questions I often ask a new client is, “Why does this company exist?” Usually, I will hear about the company mission statement, increased shareholder value, or the product they deliver. While all valid answers, none of them will help you be...

What response do you want to choose?

What I love about life and leadership, is you never know what you will find around the next corner. When you turn the corners, you have a choice to make. You can try to control what you find, or you can create something from it. As a leader, I have learned just how...

Do you see what you are learning?

As a leader, I never know what I’m going to learn about myself today. I learn when something scares me. I learn when I take a misstep and create a mess. I also learn, of course, when I have a big success. I am always learning something about myself. While...

Hope is not a strategy

Do you ask others about their confidence in what they are doing? Often I will hear answers like “Once I understand this better, my confidence should increase.” This is like saying, “I hope I can figure this out.” When you hear such answers, you...

Start your meetings by sharing a win

What topics get the most airtime on your team? If you are like a lot of teams, you might be putting the focus on the problems. How often, though, do you talk about all the things you have accomplished? When people do not claim their accomplishments, the brain starts...