titles do not make leaders

He always had a smile playing around the corners of his mouth ready to burst into that full fledged humorous smile that made others around him smile in spite of themselves. He had a sparkle in his eyes and a jaunty spring to his step. He had a gift for seeing the humor in almost … Continue reading titles do not make leaders

We Have a Crisis in Leadership—Or Do We?

“More is written about leadership than ever, but we have fewer real leaders.” I have heard this, or something similar, many times and I have often said it myself. We have seen failure after failure of high profile business, political, and other types of leaders in the news—both local and national. It gets downright depressing … Continue reading We Have a Crisis in Leadership—Or Do We?

choose wisely

"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." - Proverbs 13:20 (ESV) Choose wisely the people you spend time with as they shape you whether you are aware of that happening or not. If you choose well, these people will help you become a better person. If you … Continue reading choose wisely

Independence Day – remember

Tomorrow, July 4th, we have the privilege of celebrating Independence Day. Tomorrow, we are to celebrate and we are to remember that what we celebrate was purchased with great sacrifice. Our freedom is something we should never take for granted and we must be ever vigilant or it will gradually slip away. Our family has … Continue reading Independence Day – remember

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