Do you have a social radar?

Are you aware of how other’s interpret your behaviors? Do you know when you’re causing angst? Developing a social radar is critical as you grow in seniority.

Why your fear is making matters worse

Do you let your imagination define your relationships? Do you build up animosity by assuming intent, making judgements and allowing issues to fester? More often than not, disconnects between people are fueled by assumptions and allowed to fester due to a lack of direct communication.

Executives are responsible for everything.

Those who know me well have heard me say that “focus is what we say no to“. I believe, whole heartily that we move the needle the most when we are intensely focused on one, and only one thing. This is true on both a tactical and a more strategic level. If you want to…

Lead with Humble Confidence

In an era of self promotion, we have lost the core of what makes great leaders truly great – humble confidence.

Diversity: How we built a 50% female leadership team

Several months ago my daughter, Catherine, decided to play dodgeball during lunch with several students from her seventh grade class. Knowing she was a stellar athlete, one of the boys in her class chose her to be on his team with his second selection. She beamed with confidence and dominated the game. How do I…

How my bad habit sabotaged productivity for my team

Over the past 12 years of my career, I have ruined vacations for nearly an entire generation of my employees. Like it or not, as leaders, people watch, and emulate, what we do.  To say the least, my vacation habits have not been the best example.  A Journey to Self Awareness Three years ago, my…

Purpose and Profit Can and Should Coexist

Too often our society pits purpose and profit as opposing forces as individuals pitch their camp in one of two extremes. On one side purpose driven zealots rail at the thought of making money and prioritizing financial results. On the other, greed absorbed corporates scoff at the idea of purpose being more than an idealistic…

Is your purpose statement really just a marketing gimmick?

When Simon Sinek‚Äôs Ted Talk, How Great Leaders Inspire Action, went viral, it fueled the resurgence of the purpose driven organization. Of course, the best practice in corporate development has long included the development of mission (and vision and values) as a cultural baseline for strategy. But, as the corporate world has increasingly come to…