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What Jail Taught Me About Leadership


I spent a little over two years of my life in jail … as an employee. One of the aspects of this responsibility years ago was oversight of the food production in our county correctional facility. It was a valuable experience for me and my team as we experienced a side of society that few » Read More

When Did Accountability Become Passé?


From customers’ and suppliers’ viewpoint, Company X is fast growing, exciting, and high-energy. Inside, though, it’s a tornado. Fighting fires, arguing over who committed to what, why it didn’t happen, and noticing things that fell through the cracks in just enough time is normal. How can this happen when they have weekly departmental meetings, keep » Read More

The Power Of Now – The Key to Increasing Leadership Effectiveness

“I do believe that leading in the now is grounded in being aware of the opportunity to mold moments into successful futures.” You may be familiar with the phrase “the power of now.” Several years ago a book was released by Eckhart Tolle with that title. Interesting read I must say. One of many takeaways » Read More

How Will You Show Up Today?

How Will You Show Up Today?

Following is a guest post from Becky Robinson, Founder and CEO of Weaving Influence.   “Just as we all have unique ways of signing our names, we all create a unique signature as leaders. Your signature presence is the unique suite of leadership assets that make you you.” – Kathy Cramer, Lead Positive One of my favorite » Read More

When Faced with Ethical Dilemmas, Ask Yourself These 3 Questions


Acting with integrity; being honest in word and deed - 57% of more than 600 attendees in a webinar I conducted cited this as the most influential leadership behavior that builds trust. Making ethical decisions is a key component of being an honest and trusted leader, yet many of us don’t have a defined process or rubric for handling » Read More

Putting the HUMAN back in Human Resources


This is the third post in our series:  What does HR Really Stand For:  Human Resources or Human Remains? As I thought through this series, I reached out Kevin Kennemer because I knew that he had both the passion and the data to make the case that Great Workplaces enjoy a significant competitive advantage over their competition. » Read More

The fallacy and hubris of “market attractiveness”

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How many times have you heard or even said, “Is that market attractive to us”? We look at the markets we’re in, the markets our competitors are in, maybe even some that are new and wonder if they are/could be good for our business. We may even think of creating or segmenting in a new » Read More

Calling All Leaders!

Leadership do what you know

I Don’t Care I’m sure it’s happened to you. It happens to all of us…you hear the words coming out of your mouth and before you finish the sentence, you realize you’re saying something an adult told you when you were a child. Something you haven’t uttered in decades. When I was eight-years-old, I joined » Read More

Want to Build Trust? Try Embarrassing Yourself!


Oh, those feelings of embarrassment! You feel your body start to sweat, your face turning red, and it feels as if every person in sight is staring at you while you make a buffoon of yourself. Those embarrassing moments you experience may actually help build trust with others. A study by researchers at U.C. Berkeley suggests the » Read More

Assertions & Assessments: What Comes After Your “Ass…”?


We all know language is key to leadership.  The subtleties, nuances, intonations, and gestures have profound effects on leaders’ credibility and on organizations’ success.  Yet, while we think about the customers of our products and services, many of us don’t think as much about the ‘hearers’ (customers) of our words when it’s our own people. » Read More When » Read More

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