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Gratitude is Power!

December 2nd, 2019|

One simple way to improve organizational culture and leadership effectiveness is through gratitude. An expression of gratitude does two powerful things: First, it helps the recipient feel appreciated, recognized, and valued. When someone feels this way, it makes it easier for them to work hard and it increases their desire to do good work.  Second, gratitude softens the heart of the giver and endears them to the [...]

Keep Score!

November 25th, 2019|

Today my thought is simple. Keep score! Too many people work in the dark. They don’t know if their team is doing a good job or not. They don’t know if their team is winning. And this can lead to unproductive stress and anxiety, and even apathy and lethargy. The best leaders I know and the organizations with the strongest cultures don’t allow for ambiguity around results [...]

Monday is a State of Mind

November 18th, 2019|

I love Mondays—and most days of the week—but Mondays are my favorite!  The reason? I choose to love Mondays!  Unfortunately, too many people I know despise Mondays. They associate Mondays with more work, sweat, grind, and a lack of freedom. They say Mondays rob them of their fun and relaxation.  I say Mondays are energizing, full of potential, and an opportunity to do great things. To me, [...]

Helping Others Reach Their Potential

November 11th, 2019|

What are your expectations for those you lead? Is the potential you see in them made clear? Too many people feel unsure of what their leader expects of them at work. And too many leaders feel frustrated by the lack of progress being made by their team. Could there be a correlation?  People normally don’t lack capacity or potential to do good work. What they do lack [...]

The Key to Unlocking Motivation

November 4th, 2019|

Does it feel like your team may be lacking motivation?This is a common concern I hear from leaders—that they can’t seem to get their team motivated.So what is a leader to do?Recently an executive I was working with set a goal for his team to achieve a special designation that exemplified excellence in their industry. He knew it would require hard work from his entire team to achieve [...]

Results-Driven or Relationships-Driven?

October 28th, 2019|

Are the best company cultures results-driven or relationship-driven? The answer is both! Organizations with healthy company cultures have a superior blend of being both results-driven and relationship-driven. They place an emphasis on building relationships while driving performance. Most organizations struggle with this concept. Most are lopsided and either focus primarily on results or primarily on relationships, making their cultures less effective. I’ve worked with both kinds of [...]

Bring Your Dreams To Work Please!

October 21st, 2019|

A good boss is the one who allows people to bring their dreams to work. A great boss is the one who actively encourages them to do so. Let me explain.   Imagine you have a great idea. One you are certain will have a big impact on your organization and team. You’ve spent time envisioning how to accomplish it and how things will look once you do. [...]

Accountability or Kindness?

October 14th, 2019|

As a leader, which do you choose: accountability or kindness? Which of the two is more important and which will best get you the results you desire? Unfortunately, too many leaders face this decision on a regular basis. They tell themselves they must choose one or the other. The reality is a leader can do both. In fact, a leader should do both. Holding people accountable does [...]

A Powerful Tool for Wise Decision-Making

October 7th, 2019|

Picture this. Two high-ranking executives disagree on an important decision within their organization. Both seem to have good reasons for their point of view and both seem very entrenched in what they believe is the right decision. Both appeal to the leader to join their side of the debate to put the issue to rest.  What is a leader to do? This is a common scenario played [...]

3 Essentials For a Well-Crafted Mission Statement

September 30th, 2019|

A Mission Statement is an essential building block to developing a strong organizational culture. When a mission statement is well written, it can inspire a team and give them purpose. Unfortunately, too many mission statements are poorly written and thus do little to help align and motivate an organization.  It doesn’t have to be this way! Below are 3 essential elements to creating a well-crafted mission statement [...]

Obliterating Job Misery from the Workplace

September 23rd, 2019|

Today I’d like to invite you to join me in a cause.  The cause is to obliterate job misery from the workplace. Job misery is the dissatisfaction people feel at work. It’s the leading cause of the Monday morning blues.  Too often people go to work feeling uninspired, unfulfilled, and indifferent.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Job misery is an epidemic that plagues our world. [...]

Finding Balance

September 16th, 2019|

Finding balance as is an ongoing battle most leaders struggle with constantly. It is also a question I am asked frequently from far too many leaders who are feeling burned out or overwhelmed. Though there are no easy answers to this leadership challenge, here are three simple suggestions that have helped me find balance in my career. #1 Start Unbalanced Every new leader or executive needs to [...]

What is Culture?

September 9th, 2019|

What is culture? If you asked 100 executives, you’d probably get 100 different answers consisting of a wide variety of explanations. Though there may be some debate about what it is or isn’t, here are three basics about organizational culture every leader should know. #1 A Simple Definition A simple definition is culture is the shared beliefs, assumptions, and norms of an organization’s team members. In essence [...]

A Simple Secret For Success

August 26th, 2019|

Today let’s talk about a simple secret for success in leadership. If you want to have great results, then there is only one place to start and that’s with culture. Why is culture the best place to start? Without a strong culture, leaders end up wasting way too much time dealing with staff turnover, recruiting, training, orientating, clarifying, etc. This leads to increased costs and a decrease [...]

Three Common Pitfalls Leaders Must Avoid

August 19th, 2019|

Throughout my career I’ve often asked myself, why do so many leaders fail? Most leaders I’ve met start off with high hopes and most have very good intentions. Many are well educated, experienced, talented, and eager to do a good job. Most step into a leadership position believing they will be successful, and most companies who offer them the job do not secretly believe they will fail. [...]

Aspirations or Resources?

August 12th, 2019|

In a recent case-study assignment, a group of graduate students were asked to debate which company would most likely succeed long-term in a competitive marketplace—an organization rich in resources yet poor in aspirations or an organization rich in aspirations yet poor in resources.  There were great points brought up on both sides of why each company might outlast the other. In the end however, the class and [...]

How to Improve Results When Times are Tough

August 5th, 2019|

Has there ever been a time when your team or organization was underperforming? When results just weren’t up to your expectations and progress was a struggle? I’ve been there before and have felt the frustration that comes from trying to find solutions for improvement.     In moments like these I’ve tried a lot of different tactics to jumpstart performance. I’ve introduced new programs, implemented changes to current practices, [...]

Is There A Model For Producing A Strong Company Culture?

July 29th, 2019|

Most organizations and leaders understand that company culture influences business results. Though this is common knowledge, what isn’t well known is how to best manage and shape the company culture to improve results. As with most business functions, models and systems are often developed to help leaders and organizations achieve desired results. These models or systems impact behavior and allow a company to systematically obtain an anticipated outcome. What [...]

Three Easy Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Meetings

July 22nd, 2019|

Meetings are one of the most basic functions of any organization, yet they often aren’t given the attention they deserve. Meetings play a pivotal role in the shaping and strengthening of a workplace culture. Sadly, most people disdain meetings and it’s hard to blame them. Meetings are often poorly run and poorly structured—thus participants leave feeling like they’ve wasted their time. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are three simple suggestions to help you [...]

Nine Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Your Team

July 15th, 2019|

A great strategy to improve the results within your organization is to take great care of your team. Many studies have proven that leaders who are able to establish a culture where employees feel valued, recognized, and cared about perform better than those who don’t. But how do you do it? How can a leader take better care of their people when they are so busy and have so much already on their plates? Below [...]

Three Things Every Leader Must be Clear About

July 8th, 2019|

Providing clarity should be at the very top of the priority list for any leader. Why? Clarity brings certainty and reassurance to a team. It removes confusion, roadblocks, and misalignment. It contributes to camaraderie, trust, and understanding. It builds confidence, loyalty, and respect. It provides direction. The importance of establishing clarity to effective leadership cannot be overstated.     Great leaders start by clarifying three important things.     Purpose  First, they provide clarity around the purpose of work. If people don’t know why they do what they do, work will not be as fulfilling [...]

The Ultimate Leadership Challenge

July 1st, 2019|

I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with many amazing leaders throughout my career and I’ve learned there is one significant challenge that every leader faces. I like to call this universal struggle the ultimate leadership challenge.  What is the ultimate leadership challenge? It is the challenge of overcoming self. To move from being self-focused to others focused. To put our own personal interests and desires aside in order to benefit others. Only a few are able to [...]

What Does Winning Look Like?

June 24th, 2019|

Does your team understand what winning looks like for your organization? Is it super clear what results must be achieved in order to claim victory? Ensuring team members know what winning looks like is a great way to help establish a strong culture that gets results.   Can you imagine a basketball game without a scoreboard? Where the players, coaches, and spectators have no idea who is winning? Or how about an Olympic running event without a defined finish line or even a stopwatch keeping time? Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it. Would anyone have any interest in such an event?     [...]

Leaders Don’t Just Eat Last

June 17th, 2019|

I agree with Simon Sinek that leaders eat last, but I also believe they eat with their team. Let me explain.   One of the best ways to establish a great culture within your company is to create what I call charity within your organization. Charity is showing true care and concern for the people you lead. It’s viewing people as people and not as a number [...]

Creating a Great Culture – What’s in it for You?

June 10th, 2019|

At times when I speak to leaders about investing resources, time, and effort into creating a great culture, I often get a common response. It most often comes in a look on their face that says are you serious Tim? What’s in it for me?  This is an understandable and perfectly appropriate response. Afterall, leaders are tasked with the important responsibility to protect the organization’s limited assets and their time is valuable.   So what is in it [...]

I Want Only Two Types of Employees

June 3rd, 2019|

As a CEO of a health care facility, there were only two types of employees I wanted working for my organization. One type was the frontline employee who took great care of my patients, families, and visitors. The other type was those who took great care of the frontline employees. That’s it! Those were the only types of employees I wanted.  In my health care facility we believed as [...]

What Every Great Organization Needs

May 27th, 2019|

What does every company need in order to have a strong organizational culture? A deeply shared sense of purpose and a broadly shared dream. Without purpose, employees will show up to do a job but they will mostly be self-interested. Sure, there will be a small handful who innately look out for the wellbeing of the organization, but without a clear purpose, your people won’t be all that motivated to help the company or their team [...]

Gallup’s #1 Way to Succeed at Work

May 20th, 2019|

Gallup recently released their findings from their largest global study on work, and the results are not all that surprising. In their study they discovered that the quality of a company’s managers and leaders is the most critical element to long-term company success. I didn’t need a Gallup study to know this was the most critical, but it’s good to see their research confirms what most of us already knew.    Last [...]

Who Needs Encouragement?

May 13th, 2019|

I heard on a podcast recently that the founder of Chick-fila, S. Truett Cathy, once asked a friend, “who needs encouragement?” and then after a moment responded, “every human being that is breathing.” At times as leaders we are trained to look for the bad and correct it. What if instead we trained ourselves to look for the good and praise it? How do you think this [...]

Employees Are Volunteers For Your Organization

May 6th, 2019|

Having worked in health care most of my career, I’ve relied heavily on a good group of volunteers to help in the different facilities and hospitals I’ve worked. Volunteers are the best! I’ve noticed that as leaders, we are quick to forgive a volunteer’s mistakes, thank them for their time, and are gracious for any efforts they make to help our company. We also tend to trust [...]

Your Most Important Job

April 29th, 2019|

The most important responsibility a leader has is to provide clarity for their team. That’s right, most important. The reason is because there is nothing that will negatively impact the productivity, engagement, and satisfaction among your team members more than confusion. Confusion at work causes a lot of problems including anxiety, contention, apathy, frustration, and stress. Clarity needs to come from the top. If the top is not [...]

The Leading Cause of Death For Leaders

April 22nd, 2019|

The number one leading cause of death for leaders is distractions. Distractions have killed more leaders than anything else I know.     Now let me clarify for a minute. When I say death, I mean being removed as a leader whether it is losing a job or being asked to step down.   Why are distractions the leading killer for leaders? I believe there are two main reasons.   One is because they are so enticing. They often appear as fires that need immediate attention. They beckon for our help [...]

Why Culture Works

April 15th, 2019|

Let’s talk today about why culture matters—why it works at transforming and positively impacting all results within an organization. So why does it work? The answer is simple really. A company with a strong workplace culture taps in to the emotional and intellectual energy of every employee.  When a workplace culture is weak or unhealthy, people often do just enough to get by. They never emotionally or [...]

The #1 Thing You Can Do To Love Your Job Again

April 8th, 2019|

Are you a leader that is struggling to love your job? Do you feel like you’ve lost a sense of purpose or do you wonder if you are making a difference? Are you frustrated with your team’s performance and results?   If so, I get you. I’ve been there before. It’s not uncommon to feel frustrated, lost, discouraged, or even apathetic at times. Leading others can be hard!     So what is [...]

How Will You Be Remembered?

April 1st, 2019|

If you manage people, your influence on others is huge! Period. Whether you know it or not, or believe it or not, your influence on the people you lead impacts all things in their life. Notice I didn’t say work, I said life!  As a leader, you have a tremendous privilege to influence others, for good or for bad. The direct impact you have on the lives of those you supervise [...]

The One Behavior Undermining Your Success

March 24th, 2019|

Today let’s talk trust. One of the best ways to improve trust in the workplace is by doing what you say you are going to do. That’s it! Sure, sounds easy but it can be hard.   Do any of these scenarios sound familiar….   Scenario #1 Employee: Can we talk?   Leader: Sure, I’ll get back to you within an hour. (gets tied up and forgets to get back)   Scenario #2 Employee: I [...]

Parent Leadership

March 18th, 2019|

I recently read a quote that made me smile. It said, “Everything I learned about parenting is leadership and everything I learned about leadership is wrong.” – Bob Chapman  It made me smile because in so many ways it’s true!   Though I won’t debate the merits between taking a leadership course or a parenting class to become a stronger leader, let me share five things I’ve been taught about being a [...]

3 Ways To Win At Work

March 11th, 2019|

Are you winning at work? How do you know? Too many people aren’t sure if they are winning at work or not. They go through their routines, strive to do their best, but at the end of the day they feel unsure.   So, today, let’s talk about three ways you can know whether your winning at work or not.   #1 Define What Winning Looks Like  Too [...]

Where to Start in Creating a Strong Culture

March 4th, 2019|

A common question I’m asked about creating a healthy and strong organizational culture is where should I start? Though there are a lot of things you can do right now to improve your culture, the best place to start is with a mission statement. (Check out my article on 3 Essential Elements To A Well-Crafted Mission Statement).  Purpose A good mission statement is the best place to start because it gives [...]