First-Time Manager #14—Management Lessons Learned the Hard Way

In workshops and live settings, I’ve been asked numerous times about my biggest mistakes as a manager. I’ve made a fair number of them over three decades of leading and managing (and I regularly share these via my cases and articles), however, my Achilles Heel earlier in my career was my propensity to invest an [...]

By | 2017-11-06T09:33:40+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Emerging Leaders, First Time Manager Series, Leadership|0 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™—Be the Hero of Your Own Story

Being the hero of your own leadership and management journey isn't about focusing on yourself. To the contrary, it's about focusing on those around you and striving to leave every encounter, situation, and person a bit better than how you found it. Here are 4 questions to use daily to strengthen results on your own heroic journey:

By | 2017-11-05T13:24:30+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine|0 Comments

Struggling as a Manager? Try Revisiting These 3 Foundational Issues

If you’re growing frustrated and fatigued with your life as a manager, you might want to take a step-back and review and strengthen the foundation for your role. Three items provide structural integrity for your managerial foundation: role clarity, values, and connectedness All three components inter-operate to support your effectiveness and to eliminate many challenges in this difficult role. Alternatively, the absence of the three is potentially disastrous.

By | 2017-11-02T07:16:59+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Emerging Leaders, First Time Manager Series, Leadership|0 Comments

4 Big Obstacles in the Way of Organizational Transformation

F. Scott Fitzgerald offered, "There are no second acts," and mostly, this holds true for our organizations. What's good or great one day often succumbs to market forces and disruptions. Organizational transformation on a large scale is a difficult act, yet some do succeed. In this first in a series of articles, I offer my perspective on at least 4 of the big obstacles that get in the way of success.

By | 2017-10-23T11:58:34+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Leadership, Leading Change, Management Innovation, Strategy|0 Comments

For Better Decision-Making, Unpack and Stress Test Assumptions

There are many reasons our seemingly failure-proof plans go horribly wrong. One critical step you can take to move the odds of success in the right direction is to borrow a step from Red Teaming and learn to unpack and stress test key assumptions. This article shares some ideas to help you get started with this critical step for strengthening decision-making and planning activities.

By | 2017-10-17T08:31:13+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Decision-Making, Leadership, Strategy|1 Comment

Leadership Caffeine™—Improving the Fitness of Your Cross-Functional Teams

Cross-functional teams are a fact of life in our organizations. As a team or initiative leader, you are competing with a host of other priorities and initiatives for the hearts and minds of your team members. Your group's performance depends upon you taking steps early in the team formation to ensure a healthy, effective working environment. Here are five ideas to help you jump-start your cross-functional team's health: