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Procrastination – The One Habit You Need to Quit

All of us, from time to time, have procrastinated both professional and personal tasks or projects. By definition, procrastination is the intentional and habitual postponement of a task, in favor of a less-important one. Procrastination hurts our ability to stay proactive, efficient, and productive. And yet, far too many of us are guilty of procrastinating on a fairly regular basis....

9 Leadership Resolutions for 2016

The New Year inspires many with hope and resolution for a fresh start, and along with that optimism come many well-intentioned resolutions. By definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. According to researchers, however, only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually stick with them for the entire year. Statistically, New...

How the Best Leaders Lead with Empathy

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to argue that technology isn’t replacing people in the workplace.  In the industries of manufacturing, health care, construction, financial institutions and even the fast food industry, technology continues to do more jobs faster and better than people. Amazon is starting to promote Prime Air — a future drone delivery system designed to safely get packages to...

Aim or Blame… What’s Your Leadership Game?

As an introvert, I normally don’t engage in much conversation with the people sitting next to me on planes. There was an exception to this rule on a recent flight to Atlanta, but I need to clarify one thing: It wasn’t really a conversation. The guy sitting next to me complaining about his job, boss, wife, kids, and dog, did...

How Should You Break Bad News to Employees?

Although I’m sure you’ve heard the cliché, “There is never a good time to tell someone bad news,” great leaders know that the actions you take can either mitigate or worsen the immediate impact of the bad news, as well as the long-term impact on the relationship you have with your employees. I’m coaching an executive who is planning to...

The Power of Gratitude in Leadership

The holidays are a great time for reflecting on the people we are grateful for in both our personal and professional lives. That’s great, but far too many people neglect to show their gratitude the other 11 months or so out of the year when the holiday spirit isn’t there to remind us to express gratitude.   When we ask...

Why Do Managers Lead With Fear?

I am currently working with a manager who told his team, “If this campaign isn’t perfect when we launch, some of you will be looking for a new job.” Yikes. That’s almost as inspiring as telling your team, “Terminations will continue until morale improves.” Although the manager didn’t share his threat with us, several of his employees did. The big...

8 Ways to Delegate More Effectively

Most leaders are familiar with the feeling that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. If you find your to-do list growing alarmingly long, however, it’s time to take a look at how you’re delegating tasks and responsibilities to your team members. Remember that as we climb the organizational ladder, our responsibilities change from less...

7 Issues Employees Refuse to Tell their Manager

Great leaders are in tune with their team and aware of what they’re really thinking and feeling. When we think about the competencies of a great leader, the following are some of the key attributes: Communicates a compelling positive vision of the team or organization’s future Provides clear direction, expectations and goals to measure accomplishment Provides positive feedback Coaches and...

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