Assessing versus Improving

Just as there is a big difference between knowing and doing, there is a huge difference between assessing and improving. Speaking to a large group of leaders recently, I asked how many there had taken the MBTI (aka Myers-Briggs) assessment.  Ninety percent of the...

People Focus vs. Problem Focus

  One of the main principles of effective communication is to focus on the problem and not the people.  This principle allows us to stay out of the blame game and focus on solutions. So instead of saying “Greg really screwed up”, we instead stay focused on the...

Winning the Tour — and leaders

Sports metaphors abound in business, but the Tour de France (which recently concluded) offers some interesting perspectives for business leaders.  There are obvious similarities between the Tour and business, like the need for a captain and an intact team. There are...

Evaluating Talent Management Investments Part 3/3

In preparing for a recent talk to financial executives on Talent Management, I came up with several key points on what to look for when making investments in that area. Here is part three… Need for SPEED Time is money.  Always be looking at those areas that slow...