In a refreshing interview, CEO Jim Franklin shares his company’s views on employee engagement. SendGrid’s approach to job design is both exhilarating and gutsy.
Category Archives: Leadership Coaching
When it comes to remote teams, absence can make results stronger. Managed well, remote teams will outperform your co-located groups. My Remote Team Story I have been working in long distance leadership situations for almost 2 decades. I have led many highly dispersed teams. For most of my career I have not worked in the » Read More
Delegate Everything Once upon a time I learned something about delegation that I liked. I read it in a book or heard it at a seminar. I don’t remember exactly where or the exact words used. But I do remember the general idea. Keep what only you can do. Delegate everything else. That was freeing » Read More
With my 23 years of experience, I’ve seen my share of leaders. Some I’d rather forget, but learned a lot from and others I admire and emulate what they did and how they interact with their people. As I look back and reflect on those that help me grow and develop, I noticed that good » Read More
During and after the recent Boulder flooding, emergency officials asked people to stay home. I followed these orders. For two days. But I’m not good at sitting around and waiting if someone needs help. I think many employees feel the same way.
Are Leaders Born Or Made? This is not an original question. It has been debated for years in books, on line, and in both corporate and academic classrooms. But I would like to offer a fresh perspective. I had the pleasure of hearing Barry Posner, bestselling co-author of The Leadership Challenge, speak some years back. » Read More
What does it mean to be connected? Some employees openly volunteer personal information like aging parent concerns and children’s activities. Others hold their cards close and share very little unless you take the time to get to know them. Are you asking questions on a regular basis to express interest, expand trust, and deepen relationships? Or have you been too busy?
“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”– Thomas A. Edison I love to read books that inspire me to think new ideas. The book that is inspiring me now is The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. The premise of this book is » Read More
ish. This is the word we use when something is stuck between being and not being. Between is and is not. For example, we might say, “that shirt is red-ish.” Or, “I’m feeling sick-ish.” And sometimes, “the weather is a bit warm-ish.” Describing things as ish is handy, because it helps us avoid committing when » Read More