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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 [...]

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 spectat