humility in the workplace – a self-awareness issue

What does "humility in the workplace" mean? Why is it important? For many, the word humility has many connotations. Some are very positive and some not so positive. It seems some people equate humility to weakness and being a "doormat". I beg to differ from that view of humility. In true humility, there is great … Continue reading humility in the workplace – a self-awareness issue

“Digital Disruption: Not Just for Millennials Anymore” by Daniel Burrus

"Being anticipatory can mean many things. In some cases, it’s about identifying opportunities for major disruptions that you yourself can introduce (think Uber, Kickstarter and other ideas that set entire industries on their ear.) But being anticipatory also means being aware of disruption from others that may impact you—and knowing how to prepare accordingly. To that end, … Continue reading “Digital Disruption: Not Just for Millennials Anymore” by Daniel Burrus

professional assessments can help your team get better

Assessments can help increase efficiency in teams, reduce turnover, improve communication, reduce workplace conflict and stress, identify best employees and grow them, and hire people ideally suited to the job — creating job matches that please employers and employees, too. If you are interested in improving your team through the use assessments, see what we … Continue reading professional assessments can help your team get better

6 questions leaders must answer

Much is written about how to use questions to lead; about how leaders need to be asking the right questions of those they lead. However, one key aspect of leadership, is answering questions for the people that you are leading. In one of my favorite organizational health books, The Advantage, my favorite organizational health / business author, … Continue reading 6 questions leaders must answer

Leaders versus Managers

Managers are receiving a bad rap in my opinion. I enjoy learning and sharing about leadership, so I keep up fairly well with the current literature. Additionally, I have been an adjunct professor at the graduate level for about 14 years often teaching on management / leadership using various texts. I have seen a bit … Continue reading Leaders versus Managers

When taking command of my first Army unit, my battalion commander told me: "Captain, your responsibilities are simple, you are responsible for everything that does or does not happen in your unit." No excuses, no deflecting blame to someone in my unit, no dodging responsibilities. As the leader of the unit - I was responsible … Continue reading

is your culture transforming or deforming people?

Organizational culture is currently a hot topic and it should be in my opinion. Much is being written about the challenges of developing a healthy organizational culture, but I am not sure that I am seeing much change. Organizational culture is important, of course, because it has been shown to have a direct impact upon … Continue reading is your culture transforming or deforming people?

what is the one thing?

Well - it's a new year. What are you going to do with this precious gift? One of my favorite books seems to intersect with a tradition we began in our family about five years ago. The book is The One Thing by Gary Keller. Gary asks what is called the focusing question - "What's the ONE … Continue reading what is the one thing?

learn to say yes

One of the popular mantra's now is learning to say no to what we consider to be unimportant things that will hinder our "success". I agree to a point, but a friend reminded me that we need to learn to say yes to being selfless, to loving, serving, caring for, and helping others. Maybe there … Continue reading learn to say yes