Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Patricia Bravo. When I tell people that I do work around empathetic leadership, helping leaders strengthen how they use empathy as a tool for team member engagement, I typically receive one of three types of responses. I describe them as the advocate, the … [Read more...] about How to Explore and When to Embrace Empathetic Leadership
I was speaking to the outgoing board chair of a non-profit recently because I'm considering joining the board, and after thirty minutes or so of conversation, she mentioned that she was sad to be leaving the board. From all appearances, she's been a great board chair, is still very much into the … [Read more...] about Do Your Organization's Rules Advance Its Vision and Mission?
How do you learn to see what you don't see? How do you learn to look for what you don't know to look for? While those questions sound like something you'd hear in a Philosophy 101 course, in reality, they capture one of the toughest challenges leaders and their teams face. Many leaders’ teams … [Read more...] about Are You Articulating Your Intuitive Synthesis to Your Team?
Leaders too often think taking time to examine a team’s performance, whether that’s correcting what’s wrong or amplifying what’s good, is boring or isn’t necessary for getting today's priorities done. That sort of scrutiny also often requires some tough conversations between the leader and their … [Read more...] about Why You Can't Put Performance Management on the Back Burner
While there’s much that could be said about last night’s Presidential Debate, the thread that’s most pulling at me today is about Donald Trump’s dismissal of Hillary Clinton’s points regarding how he’s treated people who have worked for him and haven’t gotten paid. Setting the truth of the points … [Read more...] about Why Business Is Never Just Business
The journey from having an idea to being a thought leader can be a long one. Those who walk that path learn very early that having a good idea to start with isn't enough to keep them going and growing. As hard as starting is for a lot of people, it's actually not the hardest part - the hardest part … [Read more...] about Clarity, Commitment, and Community: The 3Cs of Successful Thought Leaders
To be an effective leader, manager, or entrepreneur, you have to learn to delegate well. Otherwise, what your team can do is capped by what you can do, your ability to get things done, and/or your ability to think through every situation that might come up. If you have people on your team who … [Read more...] about How to Build the Delegation Habit
Have you ever experienced a situation in which, despite terrible planning and decision-making, a team rallies and accomplishes a daunting goal through valiant efforts, long hours, and/or sheer tenacity? Most of us have, and it’s all too often the case that this rallying becomes a new norm or … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Prevent Dunkirk Spirit from Burning Out Your Team
When your involvement stops with the vision and the talking part, your organization can not possibly automatically self optimize to make your strategy happen. Strategy must have action. Strategy without action is just nice, big-sounding words about things you hope will come true. And action does … [Read more...] about A Leader's Job Is to Ensure That Their Team Gets Results
"Action or inaction are both forms of leadership and standard setting." - via Seth's Blog: "This will blow over". I love that Seth brings up inaction as much as action. Those times when we, as leaders, fail to say something to support others sets a new standard for what's acceptable. Those times … [Read more...] about Inaction Stymies Excellence