People Don't Quit Their Jobs, They Quit Their Bosses

Demanding Urgency and Creating Stress

When you think of high productivity organizations, there are a number of companies that come to mind. Of course, there are Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, Apple, and tens of thousands more—yes, thousands. When I say high productivity, it’s not just the widget producers, it’s also high-stress jobs that seem to...

The Parallels of Lifeskills and Leadership

Have you noticed that there is a symbiotic essence to personal relationships and leadership? If you are acutely attuned to your own development, you will notice as you grow as a leader, so too will you relationship-wise.  Of course, this is not an absolute, but if you are doing...

Five Important Questions About Leading with Vulnerabilities

What are you hiding? I guess there could be a number of things. So specifically, what about you are you hiding from your team, your peers, or boss that could be particularly uncomfortable to only you?  I’m sure you know what it is.  But if you don’t, they are...

What is this Utopia of Psychological Safety?

You can call it utopia, but I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to teams I’ve been a part of and even led. Lucky, because the leaders I worked for had disarmed themselves and found some flow.  Flow? I can picture the confusion on your face. But flow is...

Be Aware of the Annoying Extrovert Inside You

There’s always one or two of “those guys” that blast open the door and make their presence known.  You are either happy about their company or annoyed by their disruption.  Either way, they will assure you that they are all present and accounted for.  Certainly, they don’t mean to...

5 Ways to Overcome Being the Awkward Introvert

One of the biggest struggles I faced as a leader is simply being a conversationalist.  And especially because of my introverted personality type, casual talk can be a challenge.  If you nurture an introverted personality, like me, you definitely know what I mean.  I can’t say I overcame this...

Natural-born Leader?

Is it possible to be a natural-born leader? I’m sure anything is possible. But let’s assume, for the sake of definition, that we are talking about a talented leader that can artfully motivate and inspire their team. Here’s a key point that you should also consider–leaders also produce outcomes....

3 Less Obvious Reasons of “Why They Leave”

To be honest, I can’t assume what executives are thinking when they experience a mass exodus of employees or, worst yet, their leaders. They could certainly chalk it up as normal attrition or they can scratch their heads in bewilderment of why they are leaving. You can bet it’s...

Building a Team in an Individualist Society

Let me break it to you, building a productive team is not as easy as it appears. It is layers deeper than simply positioning members. And it is certainly not about dressing them out in the same set of clothing or vests. It’s more about motivation, cross-cultural competence, communication,...

Your Ethical Dilemma:  Taking an L or Cheat

You have to admit, the satisfaction that comes with winning is so sweet.  I can’t imagine too many disagreeing with me on that point.  But I have also heard, “It’s not a matter of winning or losing; it is how you play the game.” I think that is where...