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,… Read More

don’t restructure your organization – rewire it

Found this excellent article in Inc.com today. Too often we, as organizational leaders, think all we have to do is restructure our organizations to make things work – we treat them like some kind of machine with interchangeable parts. Guess what? An organization is a complicated network of people and their relationships – it’s not… Read More

One Major Mistake In Evaluating People

Good morning, I hope you had a good day yesterday. It was a spectacular day here yesterday although a tough time for others in the Midwest. Have you ever heard someone say that size someone up with a glance? How often have you heard that first appearances are everything? Think about those statements for a bit. Is that really… Read More

Don’t Make this Mistake!

Years ago when I was in the quality field, I remember a saying of one of the quality gurus.  He basically stated that all firings are the fault of management.  I initially scoffed at that idea, but over the years have come to agree in the main with his statement.  I don’t quite believe that… Read More

The No-Cost Way to Motivate – A manager’s genuine interest in employees’ lives pays off at every level, in every job

Excellent article by Patrick Lencioni about a very simple, very human way of caring for and encouraging those that you manage. Click here to read the entire article.  Following is a brief excerpt from the post. “Lost amid the justifiable concern about the 9.7% of U.S. workers who are unemployed is the well-being of the… Read More