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Your Bad Boss Didn’t Intend to Be Bad (and How You Can Avoid the Same Fate)

Your bad boss didn't intend to be bad.

Do You Know This Person? Have you ever met an aspiring leader who says, “I want to be a horrible boss.” No? Me neither. I’m not saying there isn’t a random psychopath or two out there, but for the most part, if you have a lousy leader in your life: Your bad boss didn’t intend » Read More


Be a Better Leader in 5 Minutes

be a better leader in 5 minutes

Knife or Screwdriver Picture yourself sitting down at a dining room table to change the batteries in a child’s toy. You flip the toy upside down and discover that a small screw fastens the panel you need to open to get at the batteries. On your table is a butter knife with a thin edge. » Read More


The Zen of Employee Motivation

leadership gifts - everyone is a volunteer

K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sam) I like simple. When things get crazy, organizations go nuts, and life is difficult, it’s time to focus on fundamentals. Under all the complexity of the systems you build, your employee attraction, retention, and motivation strategies, salaries, evaluations, progressive discipline, titles, promotions, job descriptions and all the other clutter we » Read More


Got Good Influence or Bad?

got good influence or bad

The news, TV and blogosphere are awash with stories of hubris-filled executives, politicians, financiers, celebrities, etc. who have misused their power and influence. Yet, at the other end of the spectrum are the overly humble who believe they have zero power and influence and opt out of even trying. Both camps need to move to » Read More


The Pleasure of Your Company is Requested


My plane landed in Las Vegas after 9pm, and we were late. I was traveling on business and tired, but excited to spend some time in Las Vegas at the beautiful Red Rock Resort. When I tried to check in an hour later, I was told that there were no rooms ready, but they generously » Read More


3 incorrect notions about power

3 incorrect notions about power

Like love, power is one of those words rarely uttered in the workplace. And, when it is, those conversations happen in whispered tones, usually following a flagrant example of power gone wrong.  A  CEO believing what leadership ethicist Terry Price defines as “something that’s wrong for others but OK for me.”  A newly-promoted manager intoxicated » Read More


Women and the Paradox of Power

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Instigator Jane Perdue (profile, posts, website, @thehrgoddess) and Dr. Anne Perschel (website, @bizshrink) have recently published an important new research report titled Women and the Paradox of Power: 8 Keys for Transforming Business Culture (scroll down a bit to find the “Download” link).  A post that says more about the research paper and has a » Read More


Speak Your Truth To Power

Speak Your Truth to Power | Lead Change Group

What we love in childhood often comes back to us with an “ah-ha!” weaving a tighter pattern when we look back over the tapestry of our life and finally see where that pretty colorful thread we once played with has lead us in maturity. Reflective leaders usually have many such stories at play in their » Read More


Leadership Guidance for Our Children

The Steps In Front of Us

I count myself fortunate to be one of those individuals that is both idealistic enough and naive enough to believe that we can improve the world of leadership and leading one person at a time, and make a big difference for the better along the way. This belief in a better approach built upon a » Read More


Power: Is yours over or with?

Power with

I recently made a speech to a group of business people about power. After the talk, a small group gathered where we explored their personal definitions of power: “Power means you’re the boss, and people do what you tell them to do.” “Power is your ability to ensure that things get done.” “Power is all » Read More

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