Being comfortable is not the end goal of an authentic and healthy relationship. Struggling together, learning more about each other, and working to make one another better are the key ingredients to success.
Then she asked me to think about my leadership not from my head but from my heart. This changed my perspective.
We must decide three things when we disagree with a decision that has been handed down to us by our leaders.
It is easy to attack a situation with "guns blazing" in an effort to quickly solve the dilemma.Most of the time this results in a shortsighted solution.
I was talking with an executive about her 6-year-old daughter. Recently her little girl wrote a note to her that warmed her heart. The note simply said, "I can see your love Mommy."
What is it that separates high performing teamsand average teams? What is it that separates strong relationships from weak or wavering ones?
Most effective leaders understand the importance of asking hard questions. Such is the case of the seasoned executive that I was talking with recently.
It was a dilemma. The team needed leadership but there was just no one to fill the role. Several months ago, I was in a coaching session with the executive who had to solve this leadership problem.
You would think that I would know better. It’s my profession, I am a communicator. But, I did it again.
It is the disciplined and effective leader who guards their tongue. Delivering direct and meaningful feedback is essential for every leader.
"You don't need relationships…you need credibility!" It seems to be the new thought process for some of today's sales and leadership gurus. I find this concept to be interesting… and misleading.
When things get chaotic, as they do in all large organizations, the unselfish teamwork of both leaders shines through the chaos.
I learned a new term this week. It came from an offsite being facilitated by one of our Executive Coaches.
I've been learning a lot about the importance of alignment. It may be a business buzzword but if you take the time to dissect the meaning it has real power.
So many times we look for experts when what we really need are leaders.Leaders know how to gather experts and access knowledge. Experts know how to dispense knowledge about a certain subject.
The choices we make decide our fate. I was talking with a seasoned executive when he explained this truth.
He may be the smartest person I know… and I know a lot of smart people.
He was a successful CEO of a large corporation. He worked, led and served his employees for decades.
We are two weeks into the new year. Statistics tell us that by now, most of the New Year resolutions have already gone by the way side.
It has been said that you can learn a lot about the character of a person by how he or she reacts to adversity. The same can be said about leadership.
2018 is here. With it comes hope, and reality.
The purpose of Christmas is to honor the birth of the greatest leader who ever lived.
"You’re doing what?" I asked with disbelief. I was talking to an executive and couldn't believe what I was hearing. He had just gotten back from a grueling trip across the country.
Wow. It seems that death has taken several people that I know in the last couple of weeks.
In a culture where we find our selves busier and busier, chasing our dreams, it may be wise for us to consider the true value of what we are chasing.
I ask the question over and over. "What is the most important characteristic for the leader of a team to possess?"
Don’t ever waste a crisis. You get to choose how you deal with the crisis that you will undoubtedly face.
When we as leaders continue to rush to meet all the needs around us, we may find ourselves actually leading poorly.
I'd like to introduce you to Dodge. Years ago Dodge was diagnosed with Aspergers. While I walk with leaders from across the world, there is none that I admire and respect more than this young leader.
It was a life changing decision. She was literally at a cross roads in her career.
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