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One Simple Way to Increase Performance

June 29th, 2020|

How often are you sharing your mission, vision and values?  Once or twice a year? Perhaps quarterly? Maybe once a month?  When asked, most leaders respond that those who work for them know exactly what the mission, vision, and values of their organization are. However when put to the test, most don’t know them.  Why the discrepancy?  Many leaders share something once or twice and then assume [...]

Creating Inclusion

June 22nd, 2020|

Inclusion is an important topic that has been on the minds of most leaders and organizations. One question I’ve been asked on multiple occasions is, how do I promote a culture of inclusion? This is a great question. Though there are many ways to promote it in an organization, below are a few ideas that can help. #1 Make Purpose Your Number One When leaders ensure the [...]

How to Lead Best When Things are Crazy

June 15th, 2020|

Few would argue that we are living in turbulent times. If there is anything I’ve been reminded of over the last 3 months, it is the importance of relationship-based leadership. Relationship-based leadership is characterized by a proactive approach to building relationships of trust with those you lead. It involves taking a genuine interest as well as involvement in the development and well-being of team members.   When things [...]

Two Essential Leadership Traits

June 8th, 2020|

When things slow down around the office, sometimes interesting conversations start-up. One recent discussion revolved around leadership traits. The question posed was, if leaders could only have two attributes, what would they need to be in order to have the most success. While there are a lot of admirable traits that could make the list, here are the two I’d want every time.  #1 Humility Being humble [...]

How to Get Buy-In

May 25th, 2020|

How do you get those you lead to support a decision that has been made? Explain 'the why' behind it. Leaders make many decisions each day and their ability to get buy-in on those decisions is critical. When people understand 'the why', it gives them knowledge and helps them feel included. Additionally, most of us do not like to work in the dark. Instead we want to [...]

I Love Working Here!

May 18th, 2020|

“I love it where I work!” How many of your team members would say this about your organization? The answer to this question is becoming more important than many realize. The coronavirus pandemic has done a lot to change our views on work and the world. One that is gaining traction is fewer and fewer people seem to be willing to work for a company that doesn’t [...]

Unity not Division

May 11th, 2020|

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, public tension around differing opinions on how to proceed are escalating. This is causing division at a time when unity should prevail. Why does this happen?  Though on a smaller scale, discord and infighting persist in many organizations across the world. Though employees are working toward common goals, differing opinions often fester and tear teams apart. This divisiveness leads to many unfortunate [...]

A Leader’s Regret

May 4th, 2020|

I wish I could do more! Have you had this thought during the coronavirus pandemic?   Over the last few weeks, I have had more than one leader express this sentiment to me. One even went as far as suggesting he probably made a mistake in his choice of profession, feeling he should have been a doctor or a nurse instead.  While these thoughts are noble, it's important [...]

Enhancing Communication During a Crisis

April 27th, 2020|

Communication has always been extremely important for effective leadership, however its significance has amped up even more during the coronavirus pandemic and virtual meetings. One vitally important communication practice leaders should use is cascade messaging. Cascade messaging is making sure messages from a meeting cascade or flow down to the many different layers in an organization in a timely, clear, and concise way.  During COVID-19, nailing this [...]

A New and Better Way

April 20th, 2020|

Though it appears we still have a ways to go with the coronavirus pandemic, it might be wise to begin to contemplate what a new normal will look like post COVID-19.  Will you and your team go back to doing things the way you’ve always done them? Or can you take some things that you’ve learned or changed about how you operate and lead to help you [...]

How to Motivate Your Team During a Pandemic

April 13th, 2020|

It’s time to start a rally cry. It’s time to decide what you and your team must focus on to help you survive and thrive through this unprecedented pandemic.  A rally cry is a simple unifying message that clearly defines what’s needed most right now. It is a call to action. It narrows focus and trumps everything else that has to be done. It aligns a team [...]

Advice For Leaders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 6th, 2020|

It’s been a few weeks since our world got turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that leaders and teams are settling into what feels like our new normal, at least for a little while, here are four reminders to help you successfully navigate these uncertain times.  #1 Show Who You Really Are This pandemic presents an opportunity for leaders to show who they really are [...]

Your Defining Moment

March 30th, 2020|

A crisis has a way of highlighting leadership. In many ways, what you do now will have a bigger impact on your people than all the good and inspiring things you do during normal times.  Isn’t this what leadership is all about? It is much easier to lead when things are going smoothly. The real test of a leader is how they react and behave when times [...]

Lift Those You Lead

March 23rd, 2020|

For most of us, these are challenging times. During difficult days it’s important to remember they won’t last forever and things will get better. Tough times never last, but tough people do.  But what if you're not feeling tough enough right now? Here are two simple thoughts of encouragement:  #1 You are stronger and more resilient than you realize. Consider what you’ve been able to overcome in [...]

How to Effectively Lead in Times of Uncertainty and Crisis

March 16th, 2020|

Recent world events have turned our normal ways of doing business on its head. With so much uncertainty and chaos, what are leaders to do? As bad as things seem to be right now, these types of situations present an opportunity for leaders and companies to shine. Taking the right steps and focusing on the right things is critical. To effectively navigate these turbulent times, leaders should [...]

Choose Your Hard

March 9th, 2020|

Establishing a healthy company culture is remarkably simple, but it isn’t always easy. It takes conscious daily effort, good strategies, and hard work. However, organizations dealing with problems arising from poor cultures isn’t easy either.   For example, creating the level of clarity needed within your organization to build a strong culture requires relentless repetition. Yet not doing it leads to an organization full of confusion and ambiguity, [...]

How to Write A Well-Written Mission Statement

March 2nd, 2020|

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 provide a unifying purpose.  Unfortunately, too many mission statements are poorly written and do little to help their organization. Below are three essential elements needed to create a mission statement that will have a big impact on your organization. #1 [...]

Company Culture Made Simple

February 24th, 2020|

Establishing a strong company culture can be remarkably simple.  A great culture first starts with creating clarity. When things are clear, it aligns and unifies a team. In essence, it gets everyone rowing in the same direction. Second, a strong culture requires consistency. Consistent practices and predictable patterns of behavior, routines, and systems build trust and cohesion.  Next, adding celebration strengthens a culture. When teams are recognized [...]

Breakfast Pizza and Influential Leadership

February 17th, 2020|

At a recent conference I presented at, an experienced executive shared an interesting story with me about the most influential boss he’d ever had. When this boss first joined the company, the team was fragmented and performance was poor. Recognizing this, one of the first things the new boss did was require that the entire leadership team have breakfast together every Friday morning. For whatever reason, the [...]

Helping Your Team Achieve Goals

February 10th, 2020|

Last week I shared a simple strategy for achieving your personal goals. Rather than focusing on year long goals, if you break them down to 30 to 60 day bitesize goals it can really help with making progress and actually achieving them.   If it is hard for us as individuals to reach annual goals, what does this mean for our team goals? Many feedback and goal setting [...]

How to Achieve Goals

February 3rd, 2020|

One month in 2020 has already come and gone. So the question is, how are those resolutions and goals coming? If you’ve forgotten about your resolutions already or if you are struggling to work on them, then it may be time to try something new. For most of us, focusing on goals that are a year away is challenging. Many of us struggle to see ourselves that [...]

Lead Like a Champion

January 27th, 2020|

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, great coaching has been on my mind. I’ve always been fascinated and inspired by great athletic coaches who  find ways to get the most out of their teams.  I believe a lot of what makes a great coach in sports, also makes a great manager, boss, and leader. So today I’d like to share two coaching thoughts that have inspired me [...]

The #1 Way to Improve Your Customer Experience

January 20th, 2020|

What is the best way to improve your customer experience within your organization? This is an often-debated question in many board rooms throughout the world. So, is there a good answer or perhaps a best practice that leaders can turn to? Unfortunately, many supposed surefire solutions out there don’t seem to have the lasting impact leaders and organizations are hoping for and need. The reason is because [...]

Think Like a Leader

January 13th, 2020|

Imagine you’re a leader with an important decision to make. Let’s say expenses are high and revenues are low so you can either (A) choose to cut back staff and improve your financial standing or you can (B) fall further and further in the hole. Which option will you choose? Most of you reading this probably thought one option was better than the other. What if the [...]

One Simple Way to Improve Company Culture

January 6th, 2020|

“Remember that a person's name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” Dale Carnegie One simple way to build culture and rapport as a leader is to know the names of your people. Though it may seem insignificant to you, it often means the world to people who view you as an important leader within your organization. How many names do [...]

An Easy Guide to Accomplishing New Year’s Resolutions

December 30th, 2019|

An easy guide to accomplishing New Year’s resolutions in 2020.  First, start with clarity. Make sure your goals are clear and you know exactly what you want to achieve this year as well as why. To that end, having a clear “why”, more than anything else will help motivate you throughout the year. Second, establish consistency. Above all, be consistent in tracking your progress toward achieving your [...]

The Perfect Gift a Leader Can Give

December 23rd, 2019|

I love this time of year when so many people are focused on giving to others. Giving is a wonderful thing. It softens hearts, changes behavior, and strengthens relationships. Giving has a positive impact on both the receiver and the giver. Meaningful giving can even change lives. As a business leader, what do you plan to give those you lead this year? Will it be a nice [...]

How to Measure Your Company’s Culture

December 16th, 2019|

How do you measure the effectiveness and health of your company’s culture?  Some companies I’ve worked with believe they have a great culture because people are generally nice to each other and everyone seems to get along . Others believe they have an amazing culture because they offer a lot of benefits and perks they think their employees love. And yet others believe that because employee turnover [...]

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 [...]