It Pays to Advertise

Early in my career, I was reminded several times by my father that “it pays to advertise”. This fatherly advice was not an encouragement to brag or strive to always be the center of attention. Instead, I learned the importance of staying in my leaders’ line of sight so they were aware of my ideas… Continue Reading It Pays to Advertise

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Let Me Lead

We all report to somebody. To whom do you report? A boss, an owner, your Board of Directors? Most leaders accept the reality that they must take direction from someone else in their organization. What leaders are not comfortable with is working without a clear delineation of responsibilities vis a vis the person to whom… Continue Reading Let Me Lead

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Assuming Positive Intent

I have a client whose company places a premium on “assuming positive intent”. At its core, this is a choice to believe that most people want the same things we do and are not plotting against us, even when they are vocal in their disagreement with our positions or proposals. When we assume positive intent,… Continue Reading Assuming Positive Intent

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Compromising Accountability

It can be frustrating when individuals do not execute on their responsibilities.  When it is a member of our own team that is underperforming, we have the opportunity to directly manage that performance and to restate our expectations to increase understanding and alignment.  If that doesn’t bring about the improved performance, we have access to… Continue Reading Compromising Accountability

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Mixed Messages

There are times when it seems we just can’t win. At all levels of leadership, including the very highest, leaders can find themselves in disagreement with a major policy direction being promoted by the senior team. This is particularly true when the leader was not consulted prior to the decision having been made. Confidently expressing… Continue Reading Mixed Messages

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