Quick tips to energize your daily leadership activities.

Discovering the Right Approach for Leading in this Era

Much like the alchemist's search, discovering the "just right" leadership style in today's maelstrom of issues and wicked problems is elusive. Yet, for those striving to lead successfully, there is hope, and it comes in the form of a blended, adaptive model of leading.

Wrestling with Feedback Part 2—Seven Actions to Help You Succeed

For many managers, giving and receiving feedback is challenging. However, when feedback is approached properly, it can be a powerful tool for strengthening individual and group performance. Here are seven actions you can take to succeed with feedback:

Wrestling With Feedback, Part 1—Why We Don’t Like the Idea of Giving or Receiving It

We all can benefit from the right type of specific, behavioral, task, or situational-focused feedback. Unfortunately, our natural fear of either giving or receiving feedback often gets in the way of harnessing value from this input.

Leadership Caffeine™—5 Things You Can Do to Help Navigate the Crisis

We place extraordinary amounts of pressure on our leaders to solve the big problems in front of us. In reality, they don't have the answers. They are looking for individuals to provide ideas that point to solutions. Here are five ideas you can use today to help and start leading without authority:

Leadership Caffeine™—Now is the Time to Double-Down on the Fundamentals of Effective Leadership

In the face of complexity and risk, the simplest solutions are generally the best ones. These are indeed challenging times for anyone responsible for managing and leading initiatives, teams, and functions. It might seem as if answers are hard to come by, yet, the fundamentals of effective leadership never go out of style. It's a [...]

Four Big Ideas to Help You Cultivate Influence in a Sharp-Elbowed Environment

I love the "clean power" approach to cultivating influence because it's how I choose to conduct myself. Many others have adopted their version of it for similar reasoning. However, not everyone plays by rules you deem fair, and not everyone has your interests at heart. Here are four ideas to help you survive and thrive when you find yourself working in a sharp-elbowed environment.

Leadership Caffeine™—Two Attitude Hacks to Help Create a Better Day

With most of us still working remotely, many of the conventions we created to tune-in and support our team members have to be rethought. I have two favorite hacks that work regardless of your location. One puts you in the right frame of mind for managing and leading, and the other helps your team frame the day for success.

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Thinking Differently About What It Means to Lead

We've barely scratched the surface of the areas in our organizations where thinking differently is essential for survival and success. Teaming, strategy and problem-solving all loom large and merit this treatment. However, starting with the role and work of leaders and the processes for adding talent to the team and supporting their development are perfect entry points.

Leadership Caffeine™—For Virtual Teams, Success is Still a Full Contact Activity

We talk a big game about teams in business, yet often they disappoint. Raise your hand if you've been on a so-called team that devolved into a debating society that went nowhere. Regardless of outcomes and experiences, we continue to throw teams at issues expecting or hoping for magic. It turns out, hope is a lousy strategy because team development demands deliberate focus and hard work.

Leadership Caffeine™—15 Simple Things You Can Do Today that Will Help

Every day, you have countless opportunities to exhibit behaviors that leave people and situations a little bit better off than you found them. Here's a list of fifteen behaviors that will help you improve the situation for everyone:

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