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Happy Fourth!

My regular blog will return next week.

Walking in Montepulciano

The dirt road that I walked in Italy last week was recommended by someone in town.  Not heavily traveled, it would put me exactly where…

Are You Rewarding Your Underperformers?

Or are you only rewarding the victorious? If your focus is on building more than a high performing team but, instead, an innovative, self-correcting team,™…

Are You Using Crisis?

There is an old debate about whether leaders are born rather than made. But what if it’s both, simultaneously? What if crisis births leaders and…

What You Need Instead of Executive Presence

If there’s a catchphrase that promises a magic, silver bullet for new and seasoned executives alike, it’s executive presence. Why? Because it attempts to capture…

You’re Invited! Registration Closing Soon

If you’re a consultant, coach, speaker, or entrepreneur, I’m hosting a special event on May 31st in Charlotte.  Join me for a regional meeting of…

When Drama Is a Good Thing

“We know you,” the manager at my favorite hotel said to me. Earlier that afternoon, after I’d finished a business lunch and my guest had…

Into the Wind

A recent trip to the beach found me running into a pretty strong headwind.  So strong, that my visor blew off my head.  Three times.…

Are Sales and Engineering at War?

Then you’re probably spending time on the wrong things – namely playing referee between whether the sales team should sell something that’s yet fully developed…

Announcing an Upcoming Special Event

I wanted to let you know of this special event that I’m hosting for the Society for the Advancement of Consulting on May 31 in…

You Almost Missed This

It was cold, drizzly, about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and there was more work yet to do in my office.  The end of day was nearing,…

Don’t Delegate. Control, Instead.

Most of my c-suite clients need to delegate more.  It’s almost always part of our work together because many are preparing for an elevated leadership…

What Not to Say In Your Town Hall Meeting

Don’t say much.  Of course, share updates, successes, future focus.  Give specific shout outs to exemplary teams and team members.  Talk about the road ahead,…

Are You Working Hard Enough?

I was out on a run in Tucson, moving over rocky, hilly terrain, when I realized that even though miles are important, their quality might…

Building Lateral Performance

It’s no surprise that clear and consistent standards and expectations are part of building self-correcting teams (see last week’s blog). But an added benefit and…

You Don’t Need a High Performing Team

If you’re running a company, a region, or a business unit, you don’t need a high performing team.  You need a self-correcting team. Why? Because…

Most Like Yourself

I’ve recently had conversations with two different clients about how they can most be themselves as leaders, bringing the whole of their talents and abilities…