The Surprise Secret Ingredient of Success is…..

Leadership is one of the most written about and studied topics in history.  Vision, strength, perseverance all play a part in leadership.  There is, however one essential human quality, (perhaps the surprise secret ingredient of success), that is required and not always present:  humility. According to a recent article posted in Leading Blog, “humility casts a wide net and makes possible the work of leadership. Nothing facilitates community, collaboration, and innovation like humility. In Humility is the New Smart, Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig define humility as “a mindset about oneself that is open-minded, self-accurate, and not all about me, …

Do You Draw the Target Before You Shoot? Do You Create Clarity?

I’m working with a number of my clients on creating clarity.  Why?  Because clarity is the first step towards alignment, and alignment is critical to leadership success. In Leading Blog, Mark Miller writes:  “I saw a cartoon years ago in which Charlie Brown shot an arrow at a fence and then proceeded to draw a circle around the arrow. At some level, he found this satisfying. This is not how great leaders think.” Creating leadership success means leaders need to draw the target BEFORE we shoot the arrow. Miller continues, “I’m wondering how often, as a leader, we fail to …

How Far Down Do You Drill as Leaders?

As a coach of leaders and their teams, I am aware that something essential to effective performance isn’t regularly taking place.    I call it the “drill-down.”  I often get called by Founders, Presidents and CEO’s to help them improve in a variety of areas relevant to performance.  This is the heady stuff of strategy, visioning, metrics, etc.  It can include developing a clear vision for growing the company, aligning their direct reports to that vision, coordinating the action between the leadership team, and helping set and or shift the company culture so that it helps support the business’ growth. However, …

The Surprising Secret Behind Successful Job Performance is….

This week’s blogpost focuses on a skill that is the most critical driver of overall performance.  Can you guess? According to Marcel Schwantes in an Inc. magazine article of 1/31/17, this skill would not only help you be aware of and even experience the thoughts and feelings of others—it would even help you have successful conversations. The skill is empathy. Research from a firm that has studied leadership for 46 years, Global training giant Development Dimensions International (DDI) shows that “ optimal leadership can be boiled down to having dozens of “fruitful conversations” with others, inside and outside your organization.” …

Employee Engagement Crisis: What Leaders Can Do Right Now

This week I was privileged to assist a leadership team of a start-up company in an off-site. These folks work all over the country, and rarely have opportunities to engage with one another in the same room.  I enjoy these days immensely, mainly because facilitating a team of high-powered individuals is both challenging and rewarding.  I truly enjoy helping them become more cohesive, effective, and clear around the company’s purpose, including their roles and the necessary behaviors to accomplish this. The participants in this week’s retreat were phenomenally engaged—so much so that the strategic conversations went way over the time …