Category Archive: Change

The Myth of the Magic Bullet: 7 Things to Do When Progress is Slow

Progress is like learning to walk. You stumble forward, then you skin your knee. There’s no quick fix to the challenges of leadership. And thinking there is makes stumbling harder. The path forward… Continue reading

Identify the Critical Few Behaviors that Energize Your Company

New Book Giveaway!! 20 free copies!! Leave a comment on this post to become eligible to win one of twenty complimentary copies of, “The Critical Few: Energize Your Company’s Culture by Choosing What… Continue reading

3 Shifts that Bring Stability to Chaos

Environments created by out-of-touch leaders are filled with frustration, distrust, and defeat. Disconnected decision-makers create distress. Deeper concerns: New systems and processes help, but the deeper concern of organizational distress is leadership. What… Continue reading

The Worst Haircut of My Life

I bet you cut your own hair when you were a kid. Many of us did. Maybe your mom fixed it by setting the clippers on #1 and giving you a buzz cut.… Continue reading

How Curiosity Energizes Team Members

I asked a question that drained a leader’s energy. She’s facing new challenges and feels trapped. Meeting challenges, seizing opportunities, and solving people-issues require energy. It’s true that serving in ways that align… Continue reading

How to Navigate Collisions Between Leaders and Managers

Leaders change things. Managers stabilize things. Stagnant organizations need leadership. Chaotic organizations need management. Tension: Tension between change agents and stabilizers is inevitable, dynamic, potentially dangerous, and often useful. Ask people who love… Continue reading