Tag Archive: Leadership Development

I Hung Up the Phone and Just Started Sobbing

I told Jenny Dearborn that our story is the answer. She told me about an unexpected conversation with a nine year old boy. He has dyslexia. So does Jenny. Jenny Dearborn, SVP and… Continue reading

Lousy Leaders Enjoy Swinging the Stick of Accountability

Lousy leaders enjoy swinging the stick of accountablilty. Ineffective leaders might ask, “How do I hold people accountable?” Their real question is, “How do I pressure resistant people into doing what I want… Continue reading

Inspiration from Automated Messages, Playful Competition, and High Fives

Don’t tell anyone. But last night I trotted around our house so I could see an automated message from my Fitbit.  Automated messages motivate. If you asked what I was doing, I’d say,… Continue reading

The Feeling of an Organization is Leadership’s Responsibility

The feeling of an organization is leadership’s responsibility. Left to chance, the lights go out. Organizational morale evaluates leadership. I’ve seen people smile, wave, and shout, “Hey,” when leaders walk through a plant.… Continue reading

Feedback Conversations Start in Your Head

Feedback conversations begin with the conversation you have with yourself. You’ve been playing scenarios out in your head since you decided to give corrective feedback. Develop a positive attitude and proactive posture before… Continue reading

50% of Your Emotional Vocabulary is Negative

It’s easy to slip into the dark while grappling with performance issues and people problems. Nagging problems corrode optimism. Capacity for negative: Leaders have opportunity and capacity to become negative. Some have inclination.… Continue reading