Category Archive: Communication

How to Create Organizational Vitality and Be a Place Where People Love Coming to Work

People struggle and sink when environments feel like death. 7 signs your organization is sick: Low performers are protected. Anyone who isn’t growing, needs to go. Coach them up or out.  Secrets saturate… Continue reading

3 Strategies that Minimize Hierarchy and Maximize Speed and Agility

Think of organizations as human bodies, not hierarchical pyramids. Bodies are agile. Pyramids house the dead. Organizational leaders try to increase speed and agility by removing layers from pyramids. But removing layers –… Continue reading

5 Ways to Show Up Like a Leader and Build Culture Every Day

Isolation propagates arrogance in ourselves and confusion about others. The worst things leaders do is disconnect from the people around them. Get out of your office is you want to show up like… Continue reading

Playing in the Gap

During a recent presentation, I asked participants to write the top five qualities of a great supervisor on sticky notes. One quality per note. Debrief: I asked, “What do you have on the… Continue reading

Kiss the Fool

Court jesters occasionally spoke truths and delivered bad news with humor. Modern comedians often make us laugh about injustice or social ills. Kiss the fool who speaks the truth. The more authority you… Continue reading

Are You a New Manager? Four Conversations You’ll Need to Master

I invited several top leaders, authors, and bloggers to share their wisdom with Leadership Freak readers. Thanks to Scott Blanchard for contributing this insightful post on four conversations new managers need to master. Sixty percent of new managers… Continue reading