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Counterintuitive Thoughts and Paradoxes

Counterintuitive Thoughts and Paradoxes There’s nothing like a good paradox or counterintuitive thought to help stimulate someone’s thinking (and leadership growth). So here are five of my favorites: “The Best Way to Get Something Done Is by NOT Working on It” – This is about the art, science, and practice of delegation. If a leader …

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Getting a Seat at the Table

Getting a Seat at the Table No doubt you attend more meetings than you probably care to. And no doubt, many of those meetings aren’t always the best use of your time. So, to suggest that there are some meetings that you’d actually want to attend must seem pretty absurd. But it’s not. Types of …

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How People Listen

How People Listen Listening. You’ve heard the bromides: Well, it’s one thing to SAY it, but it’s something entirely different to actually DO it. So let’s take a closer look at how people actually DO listen and what you can do to help yourself more readily learn and grow. The Four Levels How People Listen …

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Do You Have the Courage To Be Exceptional?

Do You Have the Courage To Be Exceptional? Consulting giant McKinsey&Company issued a white paper called, “What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?” where they assessed the ‘early moves’ of CEOs with outstanding track records. In reading it, I couldn’t help wonder the extent to which their findings were equally applicable for ‘non-CEOs’ making ‘non-early movers’, as …

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When Will You Stop Sabotaging Yourself Like This?

A leader’s success can easily be predicted by how pressure affects performance. But while the pressures that organizations routinely place on leaders can be tremendous, it’s the pressures leaders put on themselves that are often more powerful…and debilitating. Pressures Imposed by the Organization The list of pressures that organizations put on leaders is near-infinite. Here …

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The Super-Secret Way To Get Your Boss To Listen Better

I was recently reminded of a helpful leadership tool I sometimes recommend – and a number of my my clients continue to use. (If memory serves, I think I got the idea from Tracy Goss’ “The Last Word on Power.”) The big idea is this: Listen for ‘what bosses listen for’ – and then frame …

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