Happy and Productitve Organizations are a Leaders Choice

“Leadership is not a rank; it’s a decision,” according to Simon Sinek. I’m a big fan of his work. His previous book, Start with Why, is a simple yet profound look at the missing ingredient in bringing passion and purpose to our work. Circle of Safety In his new book and video, “Leaders Eat Last,” he discusses the biological component of working with and building trust with people. He shows how we are biologically wired to connect. Leaders need to tap into that through empathy by creating a “Circle of Safety”, an environment where everyone feels safe and secure, where …

Overcoming the Challenges of Responsible Leadership

This week’s Step Up Leader tip comes from Leading Blog. I chose it because my executive coaching clients will find the themes very relevant. Several of these clients and their companies are on the threshold of the next stage of growth. Making this leap requires the qualities outlined in the book.  These can be challenging to already-successful leaders. “There has always been a call for responsible leaders, but perhaps we just hear the call more clearly today.” In The Responsible Leader, author Tim Richardson begins with a well-written overview of how we got where we are in our understanding of …

Does Your Leadership Inspire a Higher Calling?

Recently I was in a very special food establishment in Asheville, North Carolina, The French Broad Chocolate Company. As I sat down to enjoy a hot liquid truffle concoction, my eyes caught the word “Manifesto” boldly appearing right above the table. Being curious and already delighted (this being a chocolate lover’s paradise), I stopped to read the company’s description of its purpose. As you can see from the attached photo, this is no ordinary mission statement. Here are my observations: Every line begins with “we;” this represents the community and team of people with a shared purpose. Each part of …

Is Your Leadership As Effective As It Could Be? The Missing Piece

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” This famous quote by Mahatma Ghandi summarizes this month’s focus on transformation for leaders. This is admittedly one of my favorite leadership topics. Why? Because when a leader has impact, transformation occurs, and when transformation occurs, a leader has impact. What gets in the way of transformation? Busy-ness is the obvious distraction: “I don’t have time for that,” “that’s not real work,” “what’s that got to do with making our numbers?” It turns out, that transformation has everything to do with real work, and often is the real work that …

A Beautiful Constraint

This week’s Step Up Leader Tip focuses on a common leadership issue; constraint. We borrow from “Leading Blog” to reinforce for our readers the power of reframe, mindset and curiosity. Typically we look at a constraint as a negative. A problem to be solved. But what if a constraint was the gift that opened up previously unimagined possibilities? What if a constraint was the gift that took you to the next level? Authors Adam Morgan and Mark Barden remind us in A Beautiful Constraint that Google’s home page is as simple as it is because that was the limit of …