How do you enjoy Thanksgiving this year when you voted differently than your relatives? It may depend upon who you voted for, and whether you think you won or lost. Here are some random thoughts based on Stop Workplace Drama, and No-Drama Leadership on how you can enjoy time with your family this Thanksgiving.Read More
The phrase I hear most from frustrated managers is “I’ve told them a thousand times,” followed by “but nothing ever changes.”Read More
Once you accept the role of leader, you start a journey that requires you to be more. Being more, is not only about what you learn, but who you become in the process. To successfully initiate a difficult conversation, you have to be more than your discomfort. To set a vision, you have to be more than your fear of failure. The barriers to being more are not just a limited mindset. Real barriers from the environment are always lurking: government regulations, the difficult employee with tenure, and the unrealistic expectations from corporate headquarters. Regardless of your external barriers, here are five steps on the journey to becoming the leader you know you can be.Read More
Even though communication is often referred to as “soft skills” a more appropriate term is critical skills. If you look at any workplace issue, at the root you see a communication problem, which affects workplace relationships.
Leaders rely on critical communication skills to resolve conflict, increase effectiveness, initiate difficult conversations, and keep everyone focused on the end result. Leaders step on land mines because they don’t know how to transform communication mistakes into communication mastery. This article gives the context for three common mistakes and a simple tip for communication mastery.Read More
Thoughts of impending doom, worry about making a wrong decision, fear of not meeting a deadline can become so pervasive that it becomes difficult to focus, and, as a result, your leadership effectiveness diminishes. With all of the demands and distractions, almost all leaders occasionally suffer from anxiety: that feeling of nervousness where the monkey mind takes over. You can’t make a decision. There’s no peace. You feel stuck. This article will help you understand what underlies the suffering, as well as how to get back in the zone, so you can focus and regain your effectiveness.Read More
MY consulting journey emerged from having spent over 20 years working for a Fortune 100 company. However, my role was not as an executive, business unit manager, or human resources professional. I was a blue-collar line worker in a food processing plant, doing everything from packing product, stacking skids, driving a forklift, and tearing down equipment for sanitation on Friday nights.
My experience–working at the bottom of a large organization to now working with middle to C-Suite managers–has given me this insight: Much workplace drama erupts due to the frontline supervisors’ and middle managers’ lack of leadership development.
New leaders get promoted due to their high performance or technical skills. The benefit is that they know the job, and they have the respect of their peers. The disadvantage is that they have had no leadership experience and very little development or training.Read More