How to Stop Making Excuses and Save Your Career

This is the second post on “What Not To Do And How Not To Do It” about six of the biggest leadership mistakes and how to stop making them. Today we’re going to talk about Excuses—why the excuse-making habit is so destructive and what can be done to overcome this. Making excuses is one of […] See More

March 23, 2017

What Not to do and How Not to do It (Part 1)

When we become parents, we tell ourselves we won’t make the same mistakes our parents made; similarly, most leaders start out by telling themselves they won’t make the same mistakes they’ve seen other leaders make.  And just as with parenting, it’s easier said than done. Great leadership is not only about successfully executing positive leadership […] See More

March 15, 2017

How to Use Regular Tolls to Achieve Goals

This is the fourth in a series of four posts about the RGT coaching method. In the last few weeks, we discussed the basic principles, followed by more detailed posts about Roles and Goals. If you haven’t yet, you might want to read those before proceeding. The T in RGT stands for Tolls. Driving the famous […] See More

March 1, 2017

To be a Great Leader, Communicate Clear Goals

Today is the third post in a series of four on the RGT Coaching method. If you haven’t yet, check out the introduction to RGT and last week’s post on “Roles.” It’s a cliche because it’s true: If you don’t know where you’re going, you probably won’t get anywhere. Leaders and managers who do not have–and […] See More

February 23, 2017

The Powerful Role of Roles in RGT Coaching

Last week I introduced the RGT–Roles, Goals, and Tolls–Coaching method. As promised, today we’re going to cover the Roles element. When teams learn and practice RGT, they see almost immediate results. It provides a common leadership (and followership) language and helps eliminate one of most companies’ biggest problems: poor communication. It’s important to note that 95% […] See More

February 16, 2017

RGT Coaching: Easy to Learn, Powerful Results

For the next few weeks, I’m going to write about RGT (Roles, Goals, and Tolls) coaching. This method can help you nip a lot of unnecessary management and leadership problems in the bud and even preempt a lot of problems before they can happen. It also gives people a way to approach issues like day-to-day delegation […] See More

February 8, 2017

Stop Dreading & Start Loving Performance Assessments

Writing in the Wall Street Journal back in 2008, Samuel A. Culvert called for an end to the performance review. By late 2015, HBR published “Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings.” Last summer I looked at some arguments against the reviews as they are currently administered. Recently one of my clients told me […] See More

January 11, 2017

How to Communicate Like a Boss

As a leader, the lion’s share of responsibility for your company’s climate and communication style rests on your shoulders. Lack of transparency has troubled many companies, but a failure to address issues in the workplace can have a debilitating effect on company morale and productivity. A recent example occurred at Amazon, where an unhappy employee […] See More

December 14, 2016

Succeeding at Succession with the New “Hybrid” CEO

Steve Blank published a great article last week about succession planning (“Why Visionary CEOs Never Have Visionary Successors”, Harvard Business Review) that made me review my own experience in this area. Blank describes the traditional entrepreneurial succession model that cycles from the eccentric inventor/founder, to the buttoned-down manager who’s charged with optimizing company systems and […] See More

October 26, 2016

Achieving Mindfulness: What Works Best?

Anyone who knows me probably also knows I’m a huge fan of mindfulness and meditation. I started meditating years ago and can’t say enough about the benefits for both my personal and professional life. It is no secret that the business world has been catching on to the value of meditation.  Lately, I’ve noticed a number of articles […] See More

October 12, 2016