Smart Managers Know They Don’t Have to Supply All the Answers

Something interesting happens on the road to developing as a manager. Your technical expertise—the knowledge and skills that enabled you to excel as an individual contributor—is decidedly less valuable at this new level. Unfortunately, many managers miss this point and burn a large amount of energy striving to remain the smartest person in the room. […]

10 Tips for Dealing With Difficult People at Work

In every workplace, you will have difficult coworkers. Dealing with difficult coworkers, bosses, customers, clients, and friends is an art worth perfecting. Dealing with difficult situations at work is challenging, yet rewarding. You can vastly improve your own work environment and morale when you increase your ability to deal with the people at work. You […]

Three Leadership Hacks to Accelerate Success in an Era of Change

The phrase, “speed kills,” was coined in an era where by comparison to today, time seemingly advanced at the pace of my five-mile run—very, very slowly. Gone are the days of long-term strategic plans or slow development of big new projects and products. While long-term visions are always in style, the road map to reaching […]

Give Your Aspiring Leaders a Test Drive Before Offering the Promotion

The idea of leading is appealing to many individuals interested in advancing in their careers. However, the recognition that daily work life is focused exclusively on others, leaving little time for the endeavors they enjoyed as individual contributors is a deal breaker for many. In other situations, individuals suddenly thrust into the role without much […]

How to Survive and Succeed While Working for a Difficult Manager

In leadership workshops, I run a two-part exercise that first has the group identify and capture all of the behaviors of managers and senior leaders they hold in high regard. The input is always thoughtful and includes the expected comments of: Treat people with respect Back words with actions Offer constructive input and coaching Provide […]

7 Common Myths About Leadership

Existing businesses are facing disruption at all levels. Younger employees are not satisfied with just a “job,” but rather, want work that allows them to be involved and included in decisions. Traditional command and control leadership models are floundering, unable to adapt to the need for more collaboration and inclusion. Flattening organizational structure is all […]