Make Your Meetings More Effective - Half-time Adjustment

make meetings more effectiveDo you want to make your meetings more effective? Here's a simple tool to help you out. 

I call it the "half-time adjustment." Conduct the following process about 1/3 or 1/2 of the way into your meeting: 

What Great Mentors Do

The word “mentor” is used in a variety of contexts in today’s workplace. Sometimes it refers to a senior person who formally or informally provides guidance and advice to a junior team member. At times it refers to a team member’s direct manager who is partially responsible for his or her career development. In some organizations, mentors are formally paired with a mentee. In others, mentors are simply sought after by an eager team member looking to grow. A quick search on defines the word mentor as “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher; an influential senior sponsor or supporter.”

The Yes And Myth

leadership communication - using yes and

The latest workplace communication craze called "Yes and" has recently been popularized by team builders and improv folks who've never stepped into the business board room. It's a technique that minimizes disagreement and encourages agreement. So, instead of responding to a team member's idea with a "No" or a "But," people are trained to respond with a "Yes and…."

Arrogance Disguised as Selflessness

a leader without followers - leadership development colorado

Imagine this

A new Vice President joins your organization from a similar company in the same industry. Only his former company is bigger and arguably more successful. The leader has a grand vision that if implemented will have a significant impact on the company's end customers and shareholder value. He comes in blazing and doesn't just want to move the chairs on the deck, but wants to shift the direction of the boat. 

Transitioning to Senior Leadership: Research on Emotional Intelligence

leadership and emotional intelligenceIn the past 3 posts I've made the case that the most important mindset shift a leader has to make to be successful in a senior leader role is to make the shift from being Smart to being Aware

Transitioning to Senior Leadership: Identifying an Aware Leader

The leadership downward spiralIf you missed Part 1 and Part 2, read those first. Then come back here for more details on the shift from being Smart to being Aware.

Transitioning to Senior Leadership: Leading with Awareness

In our last post, we began exploring the first shift leaders need to make to be successful in senior leadership roles - from being smart to being aware.  

So, what does this shift of being smart to being aware look like? It will seem easy on the surface, but it's a lifetime of work. And it’s comprised of 3 parts:  

Transitioning to Senior Leadership: From Smart to Aware

In our recent survey about senior leadership, we asked senior leaders the following question. "What do you wish you knew more about prior to being promoted to senior leadership?" 

Here are a few summary quotes of how they responded…

Efficiently Transitioning to a Senior Leadership Position

Senior leadership developmentMy wife Rachel and I have an 8- month old. During Rachel's  9 months of pregnancy, everyone kept saying to us – “everything is going to change.” Frankly, that "advice" wasn't helpful. It didn't help me understand how things would be different as a father and as a parent.

Don't Let Peter Get You

The peter principleMeet Peter. 

He is a force to be reckoned with. 

He silently follows you around. Lurking. He watches you when you aren’t looking. He waits patiently. And then he strikes when you least expect him.