Does Your Leadership Make Connection a Cultural Priority?

Connection is a hot leadership topic for me this month. I’ve been exploring the impact of connection on how and why work gets done. There is a strong link between effective connection and results. In my work with leaders and teams, I have observed a range of cultures in which connection is present; I have also seen the opportunity for connection to be deepened and instilled as a cultural priority. We know that effective leadership requires the presence of two key dimensions; the relational (how we work with and through others) and task (the getting things done part). Decades ago, …

Technology and Leadership: The Missing Connection

Technology is one of the greatest additions to our modern lives.  Yet the way we use it and engage with it, may not necessarily be helping with our leadership effectiveness.  Sure, we are more ostensibly connected-never far away from our phones, tablets and laptops.  Yet proximity does not a connection make.  I would argue that technology may be one of the contributors to leadership disconnection. 5 Ways Technology Creates Disconnected Leaders Leadership requires focus. Technology is distracting. It takes a lot of discipline to stay off social media and email. The more we can remove distractions, the easier it is to …

Are You a Full Power Leader?

I am intrigued by a new book, “Power Score“, by Geoff Smart, Randy Street and Alan Foster that was recently reviewed on Leading Blog here Are You Running at Full Power?. It explores the key factors that determine performance. Based upon research with other 15,000 careers and 9 million data points, in every major industry, it turns out only about 10% of us are running at full power! The book focuses on what the authors call your “Power Score“. They even provide a formula to identify your personal “Power Score” that I find simple and easy to remember. The Power …

Incivility Has a Cost

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips explores the price we pay for incivility. You’ve probably noticed it more often, because it’s happening more often. I am aware of it when I attend performances at our local Performing Arts Center. People around me are talking aloud, unwrapping food, looking at their cellphones, etc. It’s frustrating to experience incivility when you are trying to relax and experience a special performance. Yet the impact at work is more than annoying. Incivility affects our workplace productivity, our emotional states, and even by extension, our health. Civility in America continues to erode and rude behavior …

Seven Steps to Develop and Maintain Ease

Below is a re-post of my 7/1/2015 article for Conscious Shift Magazine. There is a strong link between how you feel and what you’re capable of doing.  Your energy level, focus, and drive are a key component, yet often neglected part of your leadership.  If you are feeling depleted, drained, or down, it will not only show; it will get transmitted to others.  Your energy is contagious; both positive and negative. We need to learn the language of our bodies.  The body is constantly giving us information.  The problem is we often ignore it; we dissociate from its’ signals, as …