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Can You Change Fast Enough to Not Become Obsolete?

In this rapidly changing world, one of the keys to being a successful leader is to be adaptable with a strong willingness to learn and change. A few of the powerful changes that are impacting today’s leaders include: technology; workforce demographics – the baby boomers are beginning to leave the workforce and a new workforce that has different values, skills...

6 Tips on How to Coach an Executive Who Doesn’t Want Help

We were asked to coach a leader by a CEO who said to us, “If this executive does not improve her leadership skills and her ability to build strong relationships with a diverse group of people, she is going to undermine her ability to ever be promoted in this organization.” The CEO went on to add, “Worse, if there are...

Challenging the status quo or derailing your strategic plan?

Are you allowing a senior leader to coast while organizational results and revenues are suffering?  Most likely, this manager is getting enough accomplished to get by and satisfied by his performance. But, you face three major problems when your direct report is allowed to maintain the status quo. First, although this individual may hold the title of vice president, he...

Increasing Workplace Culture and Morale Isn’t HR’s Job

After companies conduct an Employee opinion survey, they are faced with the challenge of taking action to create real change. Where some organizations go wrong is holding HR accountable for changing culture and morale within the organization. That’s not to say HR does not play a role in the change process, but what exactly is this role, and what is...

5 Ways to Generate Ideas that Add Strategic Value

In 1982, Michael Keaton and Henry Winkler starred in the movie Night Shift. Henry and Michael played two attendants holding down the night shift at the City Morgue. Henry played the role of uptight, reserved, “by-the-book” employee. Michael played the role of an off-the-way self-professed “idea man.” Michael Keaton lived Steinbeck’s quote. In fact, he carried around a portable cassette...

Great Leaders Keep Employees Uncomfortable

Ensuring a positive and engaging work environment is a key leadership responsibility. But, when people confuse this responsibility with keeping everyone happy and base their decisions solely on this goal, problems arise.   A manager needs to move her team off the company’s server to cloud-based software. The implementation of the cloud-based software will allow the team to lower costs...

Successfully Moving from Peer (and friend) to Manager

  You’ve just received a promotion, and you’re ecstatic.  You can’t wait to start your new leadership position, and the wheels are already turning with exciting ideas to implement.  But, it comes to your attention that not everyone on your team is as excited about your promotion as you are. Some of your peers-turned-direct reports feel they are more qualified...

Leading Change in the Face of Opposition

  Robert F. Kennedy once said, “About twenty percent of the people are against any change.” Our findings, in working with managers and supervisors tasked with leading organizational change, support Kennedy’s theory. No matter how effective a leader you are, it is not uncommon for you to periodically find your change efforts being challenged, or even sabotaged. Some people seem...

Great Leaders Make Tough Decisions Quickly

Sound decisions are a hallmark of great leadership. But, that doesn’t make decisions, such as whether to terminate a member of the team or share an employee concern with your own leader, any easier. How leaders handle these decisions varies, but one thing remains certain: you simply can’t spend your time avoiding tough decisions.   A reporter once asked Sam...

The Critical Role of Top-Down Communication

Management at all levels of an organization play a significant role in the communication that flows down to employees. Despite their best efforts, top-down communication continues to be an issue for many of the organizations we encounter. According to our Employee Opinion Surveys, only 54.3 percent of the employees in our overall benchmark feel that communication flows effectively from upper management to...

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