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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...

The Danger of Weaponized Goals

I can remember a time when my team was ordered to open an airfield in a tiny location in Indonesia in response to the 2005 tsunami that instantly killed over 200,000 citizens. Our 60-man team arrived in Thailand two days later and had to negotiate our plan to provide...

Are We Giving Managers a Bad Name?

Recently, I was part of a round table discussion about leadership and a question was raised, “What are the qualities of a good leader?” As replies were posed, a general theme was apparent: Managers are the antithesis of good leadership. I wonder where we got this all wrong? It’s...

The Dilemmas of Leading a Fast-Paced Organization

Fast-paced, high-volume organizations have a tremendous challenge and burden to produce. From its owners, key stakeholders, and customers, there is incredible stress on workers to go faster or dig deeper. Albeit hospitals, logistics, or fast-food chains, each of them face a dilemma of staying the course or cutting corners...

Managing a Culture of Performance

Imagine you took a seat in the rafters of the buildings that make up the company you have a role in.  From there you can see scores of employees and pockets of management.  Scan over to the break room.  You will see similar types converging on a single table. ...

Who Fault is It? Your People or Process?

How many times have you expressed disappointment in the work of one or a few of your people because, once again, they had missed the mark?   For the life of you, you can’t figure out why these dependable workers end up underperforming when they are put to the test. ...

Your Next-Level Development: Leading Across

Have you ever seen someone drowning?  It’s amazingly troubling.  And what I know is that when you see it happening, you just spring into action. You don’t wait for anyone else. You don’t look for who’s more qualified. You just swim out there and grab ahold of whatever body...

Are you Growing as a Leader?

Let’s just get right to it. Are you growing as a leader?  I mean, really growing.  Not are you in line for a promotion or getting a raise?  Not are you getting a new job title? Or do you have a new parking spot?  I’m asking are you sincerely...

Being Responsible “to” Your People

When people are hired or tagged to be the leader, somehow it gets translated to “I’m in charge.” That alone has its own connotation.  Yes, you are indeed materially responsible for the people and the results.  But let’s look at this a little differently.  Not only are you responsible...

Falling on Your Sword

I can imagine there’s been a time or two when the policy or direction of the bosses puts you in a perplexing position between your people and the company. You’ve had to decide if you were going to take this up with the powers that be or accept its...