Leading change is one of the most critical skills a leader can master. Why? Because we live in times where change is constant (intentional oxymoron!). Also, successfully leading change can yield tremendous dividends, while failed change efforts can wreak devastation in the workplace. The great news is that the ability to lead change has little to do with your DNA—it is an easily learned skill. Continue reading The 4 C’s for Leading Change
Stop trying to motivate your employees! Sounds crazy, right? After all, what company doesn’t want motivated employees? They all do! Motivated employees work hard, work smart, enjoy coming to work every day, and give their absolute best effort. So why then would I advocate that managers and leaders stop exhausting themselves trying to figure out how to motivate their troops? If you make it to the end of this article, I hope it will make sense—and that you’ll agree with me! Continue reading Stop Trying to Motivate Your Employees!
Why is it that some people have careers that resemble a marathon—methodically, progressively advancing on pace and towards a defined objective—while other people have careers that resemble someone running on a treadmill—exerting energy, doing good work, but ultimately going nowhere, ending up right where they started? The answer might very well lie in the words that follow the ellipses: “Yes, but…” Continue reading Career Advice No One Is Giving You: “Yes, But…”
Leaders are made, not born. Sure, some people are born with greater aptitude in certain areas inherent to leadership, but not all of these people grow up to become leaders. Likewise, many people who are not born with inherent skills identified with leadership work hard to develop these skills and grow into great leaders. That’s my opinion. Admittedly, it’s not a universal truth—it’s a hotly debated topic. In a study published in 2012 by the folks at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), they found 52.4% of C-level executives (barely over half) believe that leaders are made, not born; 19.1% believe that leaders are born, not made; and the remaining 28.5% believe they are equally born and made. Continue reading The Bionic Leader
Tell me if this sounds familiar. Last week, shortly before or after ringing in the new year, someone asked you, “So, what are your New Year’s resolutions?” That’s how it happened for most folks. And most folks hurriedly, and without much care, thought of at least one thing they wanted to do or accomplish in the year ahead and that became their “resolution”. I put “resolution” in quotations because most people are anything but resolute in committing to its accomplishment—it’s really more of a wish than a goal. In fact, this time next year they won’t even remember the prior year’s resolution or, if they do, they will simply recycle it for the new year ahead.
What I tell those I coach and mentor is to give more care and thought to making New Year’s resolutions. No matter what you might have declared last week when put on the spot while downing your nth glass of champagne, it’s not too late to revisit and revise your New Year’s resolutions. Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions That Count