Is That Employee Ready to Lead?

“When is someone ready to lead?”It’s a simple, straightforward question leaders ask about their teammates and teammates ask about themselves. Although there isn’t a simple checklist that determines one’s capacity for influencing others or readiness for direct reports, there are seven characteristics I always look for in my leaders. They are viewed as a go-to […]

11 Must-Do’s for a Kick A$$ Q4

There are three months left in 2018 – are you primed to make the most of them? Here’s what you should be doing now to finish Q4 strong – and create momentum to make next year your best yet. Get To It!  

Leadership Tip of the Month: Choosing the Right Leadership Style

Consider these questions when choosing the right style for you, your team and your entire organization: How do I like to help people? What leadership style will best suit my direct reports? (Consider experience, demographic factors, team size, member interdependence, nature of work and individual personalities) What did I like best about my favorite manager […]

Leadership Tip of the Month: Systematically Evaluating Alternatives

To make a complex decision, ask questions to determine where you are now – and the best path to follow. Customize and expand upon questions like these to systematically weigh your options: 1) Who must weigh in? What are their perspectives, issues, pain points and motivations? 2) What are the limiting factors (e.g., time, money, […]

Grow Your Own Superstars: Get MORE From Middle Performers

Average employees comprise 60 percent of the workforce. With these strategies, you can tap the potential of middle performers — and dramatically improve your organization’s performance: Stop and think for a moment about the employees who receive the most attention from you. If you’re like most leaders, two groups come to mind: Your highest performers […]

Leadership Tip of the Month: Attitude Is Everything

When you’re working, pay attention to how you view your responsibilities, not merely what you’re doing. As a leader, the attitude you choose (yes, it’s a choice!) to bring to your activities is as important as what you actually do; it influences employees’ behavior, shapes your culture and ultimately, affects your bottom line.