Travis Kalanick’s Growing Up To-Do List as a Leader

Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of Uber, has had a tough few weeks. With a major sexual harassment investigation and a lawsuit by Alphabet (Google) for patent infringement, the last thing he needed was another viral bad moment. Unfortunately, that's what he got when he berated an Uber driver and was captured on camera. Mr. Kalanick indicated that, "It's time to grow up," and he "wants leadership help." Here's a "Leadership To Do" list to help him get started...

By | 2017-03-05T18:24:14+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Leadership, Leading Change|2 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™—Sweeping Incrementalism for Big Results

The big fixes complete with broad frameworks and their own vocabularies are alluring. They also are sinkholes of despair and frustration for groups unable to translate the ideas into coherent actions. Instead, focus on the small, subtle changes in behaviors that offer the potential for big results. I call this: sweeping incrementalism.

By | 2017-02-27T06:57:48+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine, Leading Change|0 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™—Think and Do Differently

Our reflex action is to follow conventional thinking and apply accepted processes to solving problems at work. Leaders looking to spur innovation have a different approach. They think and do differently. They understand that every problem offers an opportunity to spur creativity and catalyze innovation. Thinking and doing differently is their mantra, as they deliver oxygen to their firms in the form of much needed innovation. If your firm or team is suffocating, it's time for you to think and do differently.

By | 2017-02-07T08:56:13+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine, Leading Change|0 Comments

Leveling Up in the Face of Change is THE Issue

In a recent discussion with a potential literary agent for my book proposal for, "Level-Up—The Career Guide to Surviving and Thriving in an Era of Change," the agent suggested that books built around the theme of "change" were unlikely to sell. That perspective is preposterous. Learning to help our organizations navigate change while constantly leveling up in our own careers is a core challenge that all of us face in our professional lives. We need more help on this, not less, regardless of the views of publishers. Here's why...

By | 2016-12-06T08:26:24+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Career, Leadership, Leading Change, Strategy|1 Comment

Fight Inertia

Recognizing the need to change something in your life or career is an essential first step. Breaking the bonds of the inertial forces that keep you tethered to the status quo is the hard part.

By | 2016-10-22T17:10:58+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Career, Just One Thing, Leading Change|0 Comments

Sometimes Leading Means Eating Culture for Lunch

There's a stark contrast between caretaker leaders focused on the status quo and leaders who lead in the face of adversity and the need to change. The latter use the firm's culture as a tool to enable change. They also draw upon these 11 key behaviors:

By | 2016-10-22T17:10:58+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine, Leading Change|0 Comments