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

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

Building a Winning Culture

Building a Winning Culture Much of this you already know and do… after all, you’re running a successful business or group. However, it bears reminding that there are 3 keys to building a winning culture – and they’re both simple and hard at the same time. Simple, in the sense that we know the blueprint of winning cultures; hard, in that... read more

Follow the Leader

I’m fascinated by movies where a bunch of people fall victim to some kind of natural disaster or freak accident, because the story inevitably revolves around a central question of leadership: “who are these people going to follow?”  It’s fun to watch as candidates emerge for the leadership role; debates and arguments ensue, people take sides, etc.  Usually the smartest,... read more

You Know, It’s Funny… Unless it Isn’t

It's funny... I'm not sure this column has anything to do with leadership, but I'll try my best to spin it in that direction.  The fact is, I've just about had it with the "it's funny" phrase.  I swear, everyone I come into contact with starts at least one observation or opinion with these words (heck, I... read more