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

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

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

More on the Perils of Work/Life Imbalance

A while back I wrote about the fallacy that overwork meant better work. More and more, people in the business world are beginning to recognize that working 60 and 70 and 80 hours a week is not a virtue. Rather, it reveals certain weaknesses in the worker. While there can be some short-term benefits to […] See More

October 5, 2016

It’s Time to (Kind of) Dump the Performance Review

The idea that the annual performance review is frequently inaccurate, inefficient, and counterproductive is nothing new.  So why is it considered news when a corporation abandons it for something better? Last year, Jathan Janove wrote in Business Management Daily about this practice from a litigator’s point-of-view. He outlined several reasons why annual performance reviews do […] See More

August 10, 2016

The Audacity of Focused Caution: More Inspiration From the Oracle

I’ve always been struck by Warren Buffett’s single-mindedness and discipline. His annual reports used to contain a letter to potential sellers of businesses. This letter contained a specific, inviolate, and most importantly unchanging list of vital statistics that must be present for Buffett to be interested. I loved his line, taken from a country-western song, […] See More

June 15, 2016

4 WAYS FOR BIG COMPANIES TO MOVE LIKE A STARTUP

Many businesses these days are shocked by the pace of change in their respective industries. Our digital lives move at a quicker pace than ever before and that means innovations in the way companies do business and the products and services they provide. These changes have been swift and far-reaching, leaving many leaders feeling stunned. […] See More

May 3, 2016