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

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

How Healthy Is Your Organization?

"The American workforce has more than 100 million full-time employees. One-third of those employees are what Gallup calls engaged at work. They love their jobs and make their organization and America better every day. At the other end, 16% of employees are actively disengaged—they are miserable in the workplace and destroy what the most engaged … Continue reading How Healthy Is Your Organization?

the grunt part of leadership

Often, when I hear people talk of leading others it is about the perks of being a leader. However, there are a few things about leadership to remember: It's not about you Others are more important than your comfort It is about sacrifice It is about courage in the face of adversity It is about … Continue reading the grunt part of leadership

leadership development works!

Do you have a leader development plan in place in your organization? If not, you need to and soon. First of all - it works. See the graph below from the Chief Learning Officer magazine. It is in an article by William C. Byham One of the biggest findings of the study was, contrary to the … Continue reading leadership development works!

leader versus manager?

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 leadership using various texts. I have seen a bit of a … Continue reading leader versus manager?

ACTS – an acrostic for leaders

Dave Kraft is a wise man and was my former leadership coach. In an excellent post he talks about the application of ACTS in a particular situation and this post is a worthwhile read in my opinion. So, let's look at ACTS in a general sense and how a leader might apply it to their … Continue reading ACTS – an acrostic for leaders

cooperation vs. collaboration

"Collaboration: being fully assertive and fully cooperative - at the same time" - Ambassador Enterprises, LLC One thing I learned at AE was the value of collaboration and that it was often fiery and unpleasant; full of conflict with strong and intelligent people going at it over an idea. But the beautiful thing was that … Continue reading cooperation vs. collaboration