Getting Clear on Your Vision for the Team

In almost any leadership book you read about, you'll hear that having a vision is important. But, for many people, the idea alone is difficult to understand. And, as a result, having a vision becomes elusive.

Getting clear about your vision for the team isn’t rocket science, and most leaders make it more complicated than it needs to be. It is simply being able to communicate the purpose of the team, where you would like the team to be, and how you would like the team to get there.

Leading by Example? Avoid these Mistakes

One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is leading by email (or by texting or by a project management tool or by chat or by some other technology) instead of Leading by Example. They provide feedback by email, delegate by email, and reset expectations over email. Even when their team members are sitting in cubicles right next to them!

The Pain from the Story is Worse than the Pain Itself

I went to the dentist last week for the first of two visits to get a crown placed on a cracked tooth. Honestly, I hate going to the dentist. Don't get me wrong. My dentist is extremely competent, and I trust his work.

The Thing About Leadership...

The thing about leadership is that its impact is often overlooked. In many organizations it's written off as "fluffy" or "soft." And, it's even less valued in companies where there is a heavy emphasis on engineering and technology. Boulder Denver

The problem with this perspective is that there is a real cost to organizations. The unaware leader who has no idea on how his or her style impacts team members is hurting employee productivity, engagement, and retention more than any other factor.

The Reluctant New Manager: Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2, I focused on how new managers can begin to make the transition from being a team member to being in charge.

The Decision Dynamic

Have you ever stepped back and watched team members respond to a decision?

It’s really an interesting dynamic to watch.

I just watched a group of mid-level managers react to a decision that their management team made - three months ago. There clearly is not commitment amongst this group (once again, these are mid-level managers).

Thanksgiving in Kuwait. Gratitude.

Hello Everyone

I wanted to wish you all a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving for me is a time of reflection and a time to come back to the present. It is a time for me to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life.

So, you want to be a hero at work? Read this.

On September 17, 2009 the Wall Street Journal featured an article titled "Soldier to Receive the Medal of Honor."

President Obama awarded Jared C. Monti a posthumous award for repeatedly braving enemy fire to rescue a wounded comrade in the Afghan mountains. The article went on to say that Sgt. First Class Monti twice ran into the open to try to retrieve the wounded man, only to be forced back by rocket-propelled-grenades and machine-gun fire.

He was killed on his third attempt.

You got to know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em

I hear a lot about the importance of coaching in the workplace, and for the most part I agree that coaching an important aspect of every leader's role. In fact, as a leader, I think you should be spending 20-30% of
your time coaching your direct reports.

But my intent for this post isn't "how to" coach someone (that will come in a future post), but rather "when to" coach someone.