Meetings that Are about We, not Me

Published: March 3, 2015

Nothing turns off a conversation faster than a one-sided sales pitch.  At least, that’s how I react.    When two people meet for business purposes, I always see the objective as “let’s build a relationship and find ways to help each other.”  I don’t want to take my time to hear someone pitch their position to […]

Who should a leader listen to?

Published: June 6, 2014

  The illusion is that a leader makes decisions by him or herself. I would not have faith in this leader, would you? The ability to listen and gather useful information from intelligent people is a key leadership skill. One of the fastest courses for failure would be to see a leader fail to listen […]

A journey into the future

Published: June 3, 2014

The world is turbulent, change is expected. We may have an idea of our way forward and we certainly have uncertainty about what it will do to us. Many of us seek hope and we proceed even without it. Occasionally in life we find someone who will show us the way forward. That person may […]

Your Tribe Tells Me Who You Are

Published: May 2, 2014

      Two tribes of achievers inhabit this century. Both tribes are focused on leading the future. Each tribe has a different founding story. Members of the tribe can recognize each other by the stories they tell and the values they hold. Some people are members of both tribes, however, if you talk to […]

Facing Adversaries as a Leader

Published: March 21, 2014

Leaders, you are vulnerable. Because you have a position of authority, because you are seen as an expert and because other people resent what you’ve attained, you are a target of attacks by people a bad will around you. I wish I had better news to give you. John Maxwell expressed the problem this way: […]

A Leadership Plan for Resistance Management

Published: November 21, 2013

  They’re on your team, and they may be smiling. But they aren’t giving you the help that you want. It’s natural to expect resistance anytime change is proposed. The more important your work, the more resistance management will play a part in how you work.   Begin by understanding the resistance. Not everyone on […]

What If Everyone Decided To Make Their Work Meaningful? More than Motivational Speaking

Published: November 15, 2013

    Bill looked up from his desk, and saw the mission statement on the wall. He read it, and reflected on what it had to say. “Today, I will make this my mission,” he decided. He worked through the words and parsed through the message. He decided that his job was not just a […]

Effective Project Management asks: “Do you believe that this change is really needed?”

Published: November 1, 2013

    Project leaders: Who is for your change and who is resisting it? You probably have a good idea, but you may not know if someone is undermining your efforts by talking down your project or creating a coalition against you. Wouldn’t it be nice to know who feels involved in getting to the […]

Coaching leadership: The Art of Asking for Volunteers

Published: October 1, 2013

    You cannot be a leader without some followers.  If you are a Toastmaster leader or a nonprofit leader, how do you help volunteers to get onboard with your mission? Ask with appreciation and gratitude,  because volunteers can always say “no.”  I recommend following these guidelines to increase your impact with the potential volunteer. […]

The Leadership Coach asks: What is a leadership conversation?

Published: July 23, 2013

Leadership conversations: a meeting of two people who potentially can change the world. A great leadership conversation discusses long-term impact and deep sources and original causes. Managers may talk about how to get along now. Leaders talk about how to get to the future. A leadership conversation is an authentic discussion which challenges the parties […]

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