One of the root causes of communication failure in the workplace is our inability to listen effectively. We're typically distracted by our own thoughts, striving to multi-task, or, we annoyingly step all over the messages of others. However, we can improve our listening skills, and in the process, solve more problems and build performance. This article offers nine ideas to help strengthen your listening muscle.
There are few activities in our organizations more important than developing emerging leaders. A healthy, full pipeline of leadership talent is essential to sustain success and navigate a complex world. The Foundation + 4 Pillars framework helps guide managers in pursuit of this critical work.
No job is perfect, however, when you manage to align your sense of purpose with a cause that brings this purpose to life, the work can be exhilarating at times and enjoyable all of the time. If time is running at a snail's pace and there's no joy in the work, it's time to pursue a reset.
In reality, the work of strategy is some of the most challenging thinking work a firm’s members will do. And truth be told, it’s never really finished. Strategy is a process, not an event, and the work of evaluating, diagnosing, and choosing are never-ending activities.
Regardless of your best planning, careful observation, and deft delivery sometimes feedback discussions blow up in your face. Here are three common reactions and how to steer the feedback discussion back on track if you encounter them.
It's easy to spend your working days in perpetual hair-on-fire mode. However, learning to lead effectively is a long-term continuous improvement project. Here are 10 ideas you can apply daily to strive to be your best leadership self.
When you sign-on to lead, you turn in your "one of the gang" membership card. This can lead to feelings of disconnectedness and what I term: leadership misfit syndrome. Here are four ideas to help you move beyond this syndrome and strengthen your engagement and enjoyment of your role.
The world became a little less creative, a little less gentle, and just a bit less interesting last week when Eric Lieberman passed away unexpectedly. Eric was a friend for twenty years. He also happened to be my boss for part of that time. Here are some reflections on life and leadership lessons I learned from him along the way.
We personally love the idea that we can live our purpose every day, not only in our lives and career, but can extend that purpose through the choices of who we buy from and those we don’t buy from. We’re optimistic that if we follow our purpose, we’ll support a growing number of companies which are creating social good.
Leaders too often exist in a bubble of their own creation. They view their actions and utterances through their own filters and fail to take into account how they are perceived by others. Objects staring back at you in the mirror are not always as they appear.