Category Archives: Leadership

Slow Down. You Move Too Fast.

Remember the 59th Street Bridge (Feelin’ Groovy) song from Simon and Garfunkel? The lyrics may seem a far cry from relevance for leadership, yet I don’t believe it is.  Take a look. Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobble stones. Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy. Hello lamppost, What cha knowing? I’ve come to watch your flowers growing. Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me? Doot-in’ doo-doo, Feelin’ groovy. Got no deeds to do, No promises to keep. I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. Let the morning …

Are you following the 4 rules for getting valuable work done?

This week’s Step Up Tips focuses on an area of leadership that many find challenging:  how to do deep work in the face of overwhelming demands on our time.   We borrow from Leading Blog, in which the book by Cal Newport, Deep Work is highlighted. “The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. TO THRIVE IN the new economy—the current information economy—you need to …

How to stop chasing your tail: a truthful tale of leadership discovery

This week’s “Step Up” Tip focuses on a pervasive problem many leaders face:  the proverbial “tail-chasing” syndrome. The “Chasing Your Tail” Situation In this story, our character, Brian, is clear about what he wants.  He is reeling from being out of balance, working harder and longer, yet unable to complete things without a struggle to the finish. He has insomnia at times, and lacks the time to take care of people and tasks that are important to him.   He finds himself interrupted frequently and distracted throughout the day. He is getting tired quickly, and experiences burnout and exhaustion.  Moreover, he …

How Recruiting Fails: Leadership Learning

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips focuses on a key leadership competency:  recruiting talent. During my past life as a vice president of a retained executive search firm, I learned how much opportunity there is to educate companies for a more successful recruiting experience.  Large organizations have HR departments and often employ internal recruiters or external headhunters. But what about the many companies who do not?  What can they do to improve? Because I work with many Founders and CEO’s of entrepreneurial companies that are in the second category, I see familiar patterns from my recruiting days.  One of my …

As a Leader, What Are You Choosing?

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips looks at a common leadership problem I see in many client organizations: choosing leadership that becomes contracted and reactive, leading to poor or no decision-making and lackluster results. Consider my client Jon.  He came to our call today concerned about his business.  One of his big clients wasn’t moving forward with work in a timely fashion, yet Jon’s company had overhead lined up and ready to go.  Because the client kept delaying a decision to “go,” Jon’s company had to begin reducing overhead.  If this continues, Jon’s company will deteriorate– the talent begins to …