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 […]

A compass, or a map?

Published: October 18, 2013

  Warren Bennis is brilliant.  He wrote about the unpredictable world of the future (commenting on Karl Weick’s distinction between old school leaders, and adaptive leaders of the coming years): Maps, by definition, could only help in known worlds — worlds that have been charted before. Compasses are helpful when you are not sure where […]

Leadership and Disruptive Events of the World

Published: October 15, 2013

        Two principles of leadership emerge during periods of disruption:  Strategic thinking, and the power of execution.  Strategic thinking helps the leader forge a new vision, taking advantage of the changed circumstance.  The leader may rethink old assumptions; as the structural forces that held everything together in the “old way” may no […]

Times of Accelerating Change: Disruption for Project Managers

Published: October 11, 2013

  I believe that we live in a time of accelerating change.  Change has been going on throughout history, yet I sense that the rate of change continues to climb.  Change creates new opportunities, yet for many people change is tantamount to doom – a shakedown of the old ways of working.  Some change is […]

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. […]

Crushed by stress? Leadership skills can change this (part 1)

Published: September 24, 2013

Have you felt oppressed by stress? According to the head of the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, work stress is a major problem.  From personal reports, stress is a condition felt at all levels of the workplace, from entry level to executive suite. Stress can be short-lived; however many people tolerate stress […]

Public Speaker: Do You Have A Leadership Voice?

Published: September 6, 2013

  My friend Tal Shnall has recently challenged his readers to “discover their leadership voice.” (Read more here: What does this mean to have a leadership voice and how do you express your voice? I believe the only way to realize your leadership voice is to understand your vision of the future. Your job […]

Organizational Training: Teams make smart organizations

Published: August 16, 2013

How do you make a smart organization? Is it enough for the CEO to be an extremely brainy guy? Not in my opinion. The smart organization not only has good decision-making power, it also has excellent experience, and it also has the ability to spread knowledge through all levels of the organization. The smart organization […]

The Leadership Coach: Patience is an Achievement

Published: August 13, 2013

The focus of the leader ought to be on changing the state of the world for the long term. This is a big order. A leader must work through other people, and frequently faces resistance, limited resources, and short-term crises. To keep that long-term vision, a leader must have patience. Patience is an achievement. It […]

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