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. …

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 …

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 …

You Can’t Show Empathy If You Don’t Care

Much has been written about the importance, and power, of Emotional Intelligence (EI/EQ) and its role in building teams, being a good leader and creating positive corporate culture. No doubt it can be a big difference maker but what if the leader doesn’t care? What …

We Need More “Crazy” Leaders

*Crazy Leaders haven’t lost their minds or “gone off the deep end”. They see things differently and are passionate about leading and inspiring others to a higher level of thinking and more fulfilled level of living. Status quo oriented peers such as managers and power …

Reputation Builders For Entrepreneurs (and Intrapreneurs)

Whether you have your own business, are thinking of going on your own, or you are running a division or business unit within a large corporation, the following guidelines for reputation building all apply. Without a strong and positive reputation, the critical word of mouth …

Walk Your Talk – Create a Tribe

It is easier to defer and deflect to others’ shortcomings or failures than to deal with our own. We often defend our attitudes or perspectives based on what we do/don’t do and how we’re different from others to justify our behaviours and beliefs.  When this …