How to Ruthlessly Defend Your Calendar

What are the main distractions that cannibalize your day, and how much of every day is spent/wasted on them? Nobody else will protect our schedules for us, so we have to do it ourselves. Here are some tools that can help: Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand Almost everyone has heard this classic metaphor of time management. […] See More

May 22, 2017

What’s Trust Got to do With It?

An article in the January-February issue of the Harvard Business Review covered one of my favorite topics: Trust in the workplace. In “The Neuroscience of Trust,” Paul J. Zak addresses new research which shows the highest trust workplaces are also the highest performing. This isn’t just a theory—it’s well established, with lots of research to confirm […] See More

May 15, 2017

How Do You Defeat A Bad Attitude?

This is the final post on “What Not To Do And How Not To Do It” covering six of the biggest leadership mistakes and how to stop making them. Like the other negative behaviors we’ve discussed in the past several weeks, a bad attitude can manifest in many different ways, often showing up as a combination of […] See More

April 26, 2017

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants (on Fire) Down

This post covers the fourth of six leadership mistakes and how to fix them. In the past few weeks, we’ve covered excuse-making, bad manners, and ego problems; now it’s time to talk about lying. When people are found out as liars, the word spreads like wildfire. This can literally destroy your career. All you have […] See More

April 12, 2017

To Be a Better Leader, Get Over Yourself

The third in our series of leadership mistakes and how to fix them, conquering the problem of ego run amok is a tough one—especially for people who are very talented. Ego is often the biggest problem for leaders, and it accounts for about 70 to 80% of the leadership problems I see. This problem takes several […] See More

April 5, 2017

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