The Overplayed Assertive

The Overplayed Assertive

Assertive, clear action is a boon to any organization. The assertive behavior of key contributors can create enormous value. Yet, for all its value, assertiveness is often overplayed and is one of the most common and detracting habits you can see in leaders. Take a...
Yeah, what Gandhi said

Yeah, what Gandhi said

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” We are surrounded by opportunities to have high quality impact on others. We often settle for transactions when we could be effecting transformations. Transformational work is what coaches do, but one does not...
Take me Seriously

Take me Seriously

Being taken seriously by direct reports, peers and upper management is a key component of leadership success. The issue is often addressed as “executive presence.” Think of some examples of leaders you would describe as having a big dose of leadership presence. The...
Is Accountability a Dirty Word?

Is Accountability a Dirty Word?

Accountability certainty is a trigger word for many people in organizations. It brings up images of slick corporate speak to replace more unsavory words like “command”, “control”, “criticism” and that dreaded concept “micromanaging.” For many people when they hear...

The Incredible Visible Leader

Many times the issues I work on with clients are quite complex.  Sometimes they are very simple. One of the most simple things that leaders can (and must) do is stay visible. Visibility (versus invisibility) is like a super-power for leaders. Our teams are constantly...