Leadership Qualities to Build Advocates from the Opposition

Published: December 3, 2013

    Bob Burg has just written a book titled Adversaries Into Allies. That might be a nice superpower for any leader: I could accomplish a great deal if I could turn my adversaries into advocates for my position. In all complex workplaces, there is political opposition. There are real adversaries out there – and […]

Executive Training teaches us you Cannot Force Someone to Change

Published: November 26, 2013

  It is futile to ask someone to change if they are not ready. If you are an organizational leader, you are probably challenged to create change (challenged by yourself as well as challenged by others). Helping others to change with you is part of your work. The person who thinks inside, “I’m not ready. […]

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 […]

Finding Significance In Project Management.

Published: November 8, 2013

If you are project manager, a lot of pressures call for your attention. You follow a time schedule. You conserve resources. You monitor the progress of the people who work with you. You report to the vice president of your company and explain the overall progress of your effort. There are a lot of reasons […]

Successful Project Management: Don’t Let Your Resistance Go Underground.

Published: November 5, 2013

In warfare resistance presents a dangerous opposition. It is hard to know how strong it is and where it will fight. Any estimates on the resources held by the resistance are speculative. When the resistance goes underground, it is dedicated to overthrowing the voice of authority. Project managers and change agents, don’t let your resistance […]

Building a Team for Project Performance: Executive Coach in Action

Published: October 29, 2013

    How do you build a five-star team? Through appreciation, individual attention, challenging assignments, and involvement with something hugely meaningful. Even though your team may not have won any awards (yet), if you start with trust and rapport, you can build a team that you will proud to call, “a high-performance team.” Start with […]

How Can You Get Consistent Results In A Changing Future?

Published: October 25, 2013

    Leading a project through periods of upheaval and change can be daunting. As we start a project we expect that change will hit us sometime in the reasonable future, and then we learn that the change is happening right now. Our clients expect steady state results while we are working with a high […]

Leadership Education: “I Don’t want to be the Decider”

Published: October 8, 2013

I think some people don’t like being “the decider.”   The leader is often also the decider for big choice points. Yet this doesn’t have to be – the leader may also defer to the group to make a good decision, and simply endorse the wisdom of others.  This leads me to wonder – are some […]

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. […]

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