Leadership Versus Management

Although often used interchangeably, leadership and management often require different skills, talents and approaches to succeed.  A manager may keep her department running smoothly and do everything according to company policy and guidelines but not have the respect and support of staff because of poor …

Are you drinking the poison?

If you’re drinking the “poison” (anger, resentment, revenge, jealousy, suspicion, etc.) that you are directing towards others, and in so doing, thinking you’re hurting them, you may be mistaken. It may slowly be “killing” you emotionally and relationally and even negatively be impacting your health. …

Get the Feedback You Need to Grow

Do you want feedback? Probably not. You likely don’t want to hear your boss tell you what you already know you should be doing. Do you need feedback to grow and improve? Yes. Without honest and constructive feedback, you will not reach your potential, nor …

Show up and be noticed!

In a recent vlog I discussed the important idea of “showing up” at an event, gathering or meeting and being present and fully engaged beyond using the event as a photo-opp. I’ve received positive feedback on the vlog so I’m adding a few more suggestions …

Test the Relationship with Your Boss

You may have a great relationship with your boss that even extends beyond the workplace. This can make going to work a joy and very positive experience. It is wise however, to never take your relationship for granted regardless of how well you get along. …

Stop Talking So You Can Hear

          We often try to persuade or convince others through an argument or debate. Unfortunately, arguing generally does not change someone’s mind, if anything, it makes the other party angry and causes them to dig in even further. What you hear …

Poor Leaders Have No Followers

Technically, a “poor” leader is actually not a “leader”. By definition, a leader must have willing followers. As John Maxwell states, “if you think you’re leading and no one is following, you’re only taking a walk”. The term leader is used, and abused, in many …

Do You Stand for Something or Fall for Anything?

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” – I’ve heard this phrase countless times over the years. Yet, each time I hear it, I pause and think of what I stand for in terms of my values, the principles I live by, …

Leading on Purpose versus by Accident

When something must get done, typically, someone with a vision and a plan steps up and takes charge – on purpose, or someone reluctantly volunteers or is told they are responsible and does what they think is right and hopes for the best. The first …

People Will Follow if You Lead

People yearn to follow. We have an intrinsic desire to be part of something that is meaningful and will have a positive impact. Have you ever been in a situation where something needs to get done, or a decision must be made and there is …