Can Self-Awareness Make You a Better Leader?

Daniel Goleman, coiner of the term emotional intelligence, and his writing partner Richard J Davidson, a pioneer in the field of contemplative neuroscience, have written a new book. Though Goleman is fairly well known as an expert in leadership, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body is not a business book per se. […] See More

September 25, 2017

To Be a Successful Leader, Do These 4 Things

The May-June 2017 issue of the Harvard Business Review features a spectacular article, What Sets Successful CEOs Apart.  I urge you to read the whole thing, but here are a few highlights. Between 2000 and 2013, the four authors conducted research on the CEO Genome Project. They noticed in their research that 25% of CEO […] See More

May 30, 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

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

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

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

Why D- Can Be A Great Grade For Leaders

If there is one attribute guaranteed to slow you down, it’s perfectionism. I’ve been thinking a lot about adaptive leadership lately (like there’s another kind?) and recently reread a Harvard Business Review article from way back in 2010, “Four Lessons in Adaptive Leadership.” Sometimes I need to be reminded of the 70% rule because it’s a great antidote […] See More

January 25, 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

5 Proven Keys to Effective Leadership Development

By far the most respected authority on corporate leadership development (and my personal hero) is Marshall Goldsmith. His exhaustive research on executive performance has generated essential information for companies interested in fostering genuine leadership. Among other important takeaways is evidence of the power of peer assessment vs. self-assessment. The truest measurement of a leader’s growth comes […] See More

November 16, 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