Looking back, the eye rolling was inevitable. Everyone on the leadership team knew the idea was unlikely to work. Our boss had sparked the doubts. “We need to initiate a mentoring program. The Human Resources department can work on developing a program we can roll out in the fourth quarter.” We were all thinking one […]
Posts with the ‘Coaching’ tag
I was a wimp for three years. I was a coach for twelve more after that. Add it up and I spent fifteen years in sales leadership at a Fortune 50 company. Not surprisingly, my success as a leader came in those final twelve years. I realized, with the help of the people I was […]
“The velocity of business today prevents me from spending time on developing my people.” , admitted the senior leader. I was leading a table discussion among the senior leadership team of a multi-billion dollar company, and this leader was humble enough to admit the truth. He’s not alone. Almost everyone is being asked to do more […]
Everyone wants to be part of an Elite Team and leaders want to lead Elite Teams. Leaders can push a lot of buttons and pull a lot of levers in an effort to make their team elite. But, the truly elite teams start with the right kind of team members.
“I will do everything I can to help you be as successful as you want to be…right up to the point I realize I am working harder at it than your are.” I believe everyone I work with deserves my best. But at times, my desire to help them goes way beyond their desire to […]
My boss had some pretty high standards. In fact, he often bragged that his standards were higher than those of his peers. When I came onto the team, I liked his approach. I truly believed that a leader who set high standards got more out of people and had better teams. I was wrong, and […]
Let’s face it. Some people are hard to like. Sometimes the best thing we can say about another person is “Thank God she’s not on my team, and I don’t have to work with her.” Spending time with her is not easy. The way she behaves, the way she talks, her attitude – everything […]
Leaders are not supposed to be selfish. But, in my job, I spend a lot of time trying to correct the most selfish leadership move a leader can make. And it is not just the obviously self-centered leaders who make it!
Give Courage! That is what it means to encourage someone. Some leaders often misinterpret the whole notion of encouragement. They believe that encouraging someone is a soft skill or skill that only bubbly personalities use. But it’s not that simple.
There is no reason to have sports at a school if character is not being developed through athletic participation. Sports provide the best labortory for teaching our kids about character. But, just because our sons or daughters play a sport, does not mean they are learning the lessons of character sports can teach.