Steve’s Leadership Blog

10 “Not So Obvious” Leadership Skills

How many of these skills have you mastered? There are several “go-to” skills that all experts agree a leader needs, including strategic thinking, influencing, communication skills, delegating & empowering others, leading change, and executive presence. If you can deploy these skills effectively, you have a good chance of successfully leading a company or a group. However, there are certain “secondary”... read more

The 5 Critical Outcomes of Talent Review

Most talent management professionals are familiar with the process of Talent Review, which is generally defined as an enterprise-wide evaluation of the organization’s leadership talent. Typically facilitated by HR, the process involves collecting and “rolling up” a series of talent assessments (made by line managers) into a high-level meeting with the executive team, where decisions are made (ideally) about how... read more

The Value a Good Boss Provides

Your boss is the most important character in your work life. No matter how long you’ve been working, I bet you can name every boss you ever had; that’s how powerful their imprint is on us. Most of us have had good and bad bosses at some point in our careers, and we probably learned a lot from both types... read more

Recognition Tips

Are You Recognizing Your People? Winning cultures recognize employee behavior and performance, and they do it formally and regularly.   Here are some ideas you might consider implementing…

  • A Top Excellence Award – given annually to a department or team that had a great year. Comes with a trophy or some nice glass-cut award…
  • Your Personal Recognition Award – something fun and... read more

Four Communications for Every Leader

Are Your Sending These Four Communications Consistently? There are four basic messages that a leader sends to employees:

  1. Where we’re going and how we’ll get there (Vision, Mission & Strategy)
  2. Hope and optimism about the journey (“We Can Do This”)
  3. What we expect from you (Values, Performance, Culture)
  4. How we’re doing (Progress Updates)
Often times, this is an annual cycle. You declare... read more