Ignore these Five Facts of Organizational Life at Your Peril

The "I" topic for influence comes up regularly in my emerging leader coaching calls. Individuals frustrated with their assignments or feeling as if they're being bypassed for the best opportunities mostly share one common thread: they are under-invested in striving to grow their workplace influence. Here are five unavoidable facts of life that suggest influence development must be part of your work.

Leadership Caffeine™—Here’s Where You Should Slow Down to Move Faster

It's easy to swallow the dogma that has emerged around the "Cult of Speed" in our management thinking and teaching. Yet, the pursuit of speed in poorly designed systems exposes weaknesses and often precipitates project, strategy, and even organizational failure. Said simply, raw speed kills. Sometimes you have to tap the brakes and slow down to ultimately move faster.

Our Early 2021 Professional and Career Development Programs

We create programs to help people achieve things they never thought possible in their careers. From first-time managers to senior executives, career reinventors, people navigating challenging conversations, or individuals working to level up, we strive to bring this purpose to life in everything we do.

Leadership Caffeine™—A Haunting Tale of Critical Conversations Left Unspoken

Here's what happens when my long-standing fear of the "conversations never spoken" in the workplace collides with a fresh viewing of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. With my sincere apologies to Charles Dickens, enjoy this fun piece with a point. –Art

What I Learned from Your Team Members that Might Help You Manage More Effectively

While I support your team members' development through workshop programs and one-on-one coaching, my primary job is listening. Without violating our sacred commitment to confidentiality, here are some of the big themes I heard this year that might just help you manage more effectively. 

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 3—Conduct Feedback Discussions with Empathy and Clarity

In Part 3 of this series, the emphasis is on managing the discussions successfully with empathy and clarity. It turns out when the feedback discussion goes off the rails, as happens all too often, it's because empathy and clarity were nowhere to be found.

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:

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