Leadership

Symbol

Since the start of my career, I have always had small physical symbols that helped me remember various things. Honestly, for a very long time, I pretended that I didn’t do this.  However, as I’ve witnessed this technique help others…

Effective over efficient

One of the hardest things as a leader is remembering to be effective over efficient.  There are plenty of times when the most efficient (fast) approach would be to simply tell people. However, telling people rarely achieves shared ownership, which…

First Day of Work Pet Peeves

This round of pet peeves is focused on poor first day of work experiences (of course I was going to continue this tradition in 2018): Who is starting:  This might be the absolute worst first impression a company can make – we…

Leadership is Lonely

“Leadership is lonely.” Recently, these were the words that started a coaching session. You know those moments when time feels like it stops? Where you have a million other thoughts, yet somehow find your way back to the situation at…

Value of Listening

At the end of a recent coaching session (an hour long meeting), I asked “what can I do to support you?”.  The response was simply “just keep listening.” Immediately, my heart skipped a beat. But before I could formulate a thought, he added…

What do you see?

One of my favorite feedback comments that I frequently receive is centered around helping people see various perspectives in situations.  I fully embrace that perceptions do not always align with intentions. I fully embrace that people are doing the best in…

Birthdays at work

I’ve worked for companies where nothing was done for a birthday.  I’ve worked for companies where cakes were consumed for birthdays. I’ve worked for companies where cards were given for birthdays. I’ve worked for companies where happy hours were attended…

Reinventing Organizations

Reinventing Organizations, by Frederic Laloux, provides a comprehensive overview of how humans have organized in groups over the centuries.  My colleague, Peter Green, did an amazing post with a video summary. An alternative very short summary: Red: Street Gang (constant exercise…

Perspectives on Selling

When I’m leading in an organization, I’ve been very intentional that I never wanted to “sell” a change. It is not that I don’t understand the dynamics of how people respond to change but instead, I would do some combination…