Note: When I first published this a few years ago, it was a cautionary tale about preparing our organizations for ordinary challenges. I hope the lessons are helpful to you now. High tides indeed lift all boats. What about low tides? As leaders, we enjoy the time of rising tides
The path from defining a problem to implementing a solution is rarely linear. Despite applying the knowledge and skills of our best people, there are moments of uncertainty that precede critical decisions. We create doubt with a list of intended and unintended consequences, including the decision’s impact on others,
“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day.” Lao-tzu The constant challenge for the busy and productive leader is not figuring out what to start; it’s determining what to stop. The best writers fill the page without stopping to think (or over-think) what
Nearly everything we do has numerous paths to deliver a result. Executive coaching is no exception. While there aren’t hard and fast rules to define a successful coach-client relationship, there are some worthwhile things to consider before working with a coach. 1. Establish a connection. Ideally, meet in person
As you consider ways to increase leadership effectiveness, two exercises help uncover and highlight your leadership style and values to share with your team. These exercises are especially useful for leaders assuming new responsibilities or adding team members and serve to take leadership effectiveness to the next level. Exercise 1:
Leaders are required to make decisions and deliver results. When we face a problem, we make decisions, we act, and we succeed, fail, and sometimes learn. As we reflect on a decision, we often find that the decision and subsequent actions were available to us early in the process but
Photo credit: Simon Migaj for stocksnap.io We may not spend much time thinking about it, but every leader has go-to people on their team whom they count on to get things done. What does a go-to person look like? * You know they will move mountains to solve a problem.