Category Archives: Leadership

Appreciation

Welcome to the final post of 2014. In all the flurry of year-end activity, there is a lot that I want to express. As I write out my notes and cards to friends, family, clients and colleagues, I often challenge myself to identify a theme for my year. This year my words are “appreciation” and “acceptance.”   As the year draws to a close, I truly express appreciation; for others and for myself.   I review all that was done, even when it didn’t feel like it was “enough.” I review what is yet undone and re-calibrate. Is it still important? Should …

Efficiency is the Wrong Mindset for a Leader

This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from “Leading Blog.” It’s relevant because leaders are often caught in the drive for “more, greater, faster,” believing that efficiency can be extracted through pushing harder. This may be applicable to factory work, but rarely works when applied to the complex team-oriented environment today’s leaders face. My experience with clients supports the thesis of this article; that any efficiency we experience comes from relationships with people. Efficiency flourishes when relationships are cultivated. “Efficiency always seems like the right answer. It’s reflexive. Faster. Easier. Who doesn’t want that? And yet while efficiency is critical …

Celebration! Your Year-End Leadership Practice Awaits

It seems fitting that the last column of the year be dedicated to the topic of celebration. As the year draws to a close, the calendar offers an opportunity to look at what we have accomplished, and that over which we have triumphed. Business, and how we are in relationship to the challenges of our business, can be a starting point for this reflection. Transforming our leadership viewpoint can be a gateway to transforming our lives. I have observed how celebration is often neglected in our work. We have our noses to the grindstone, often so focused on the problems …

Meetings: Five Tips to Getting More Done With Less Struggle

Is your meeting communication mysterious? We spend a lot of our time in meetings; so much so that in companies a common complaint is there isn’t enough time to move our projects ahead during the work day. We compensate by working longer days, often bringing home work in the evening or on the weekends. Is this an effective response? Is it even sustainable? Because we spend so much time in meetings, (many of which are dreaded), it would seem that we would have the hang of how to get a lot done in less time. Alas, that’s not always the …

Six Critical Areas Where You Need to Be Grounded

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from a Leading Blog post. Introducing a new book, Grounded, we are thrilled that it reinforces our approach to developing leaders; it begins with who we are being inside. Everything depends upon that. Good leaders are healthy leaders. We can’t separate our leadership from who we are inside. “Your well-being, success, and organization depend, first and foremost on who you are. You need to examine the internal stuff—what goes on in your mind and heart—before doing anything,” writes Bob Rosen in Grounded. Faced with the speed of change today, staying aligned with who …