leadership development

Defy Conventional Leadership Wisdom to Achieve Breakthrough Performance

Leadership is experiencing a metamorphosis today. Its tried-and-true competencies are being tested (and sometimes even crushed) in our chaotic, always-on, hyper-connected, and competitive world. Conventional wisdom simply doesn’t have the same impact in the context of this new business environment. In writing a new book called, Leadership Unchained: Defy Conventional Wisdom for Breakthrough Performance, I [...]

2019-03-29T14:17:45-05:00By |Leadership|

Why Leaders Need to “KonMari” their To-Do Lists

This year, Netflix released a wildly popular new program called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In the series, Japanese organization expert Marie Kondo visits the clutter-heavy homes of selected American families and helps them tidy up using her now-famous KonMari method. The springboard for this media sensation was Kondo’s worldwide best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic [...]

How Leaders Can Influence Company Culture

Leaders have a powerful influence on an organization’s culture. They set the tone for how employees perceive their work experience, so leadership and culture go hand in hand. In many ways, leaders’ success depends on their ability to help shape and uphold organizational culture. That’s a formidable task—and one that requires selflessness, conviction and strong [...]

2017-12-11T11:37:12-06:00By |Leadership|

Common Career Traps of Top Performers

In every organization, we can spot those individuals with stellar performance who seem to be rocketing to the top, untouched by the usual obstacles and bureaucratic red tape. But, take it from me, things aren’t always as they seem from the outside. I’ve spent twenty years working with these high achievers and success-oriented individuals, and [...]

2018-06-28T17:21:18-05:00By |High Potentials|

Often Missing from Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion: Cognitive Diversity

I don’t typically write or comment on issues of diversity and inclusion. But an often-overlooked aspect of the topic — cognitive diversity — is starting to come into the spotlight, and I have some insights on it because of the focus of my work. In my experience, I've seen that companies produce the best results and [...]

Feeling Stagnant as a Leader?

Many leaders experience setbacks—or even failures. Perhaps they feel like their influence is waning. Their ideas aren’t translating, or their teams aren’t producing at the right level. These leaders might be doing all the right things, but their effectiveness seems diluted. Ever had that feeling? If so, the problem could be leadership blind spots. These [...]

2017-08-22T22:42:23-05:00By |Blind Spots, Leadership|

Shifting from Manager to Leader

Just because you have a management title doesn’t automatically mean you’re a great leader. But making that sometimes-subtle shift is essential for the success of your career and your organization. There’s a lot at stake. So what’s the real difference between management and leadership? Effective managers are task-focused and might be described as dependable and [...]