The Gift of Uncommon Caring

The Gift of Uncommon CaringThe final implementation date for the customer software was just a few weeks away.  The problems were mounting and everyone on the team was putting in long hours.  The stress level was high.  Maria kept a careful eye on her team members.  She began to be concerned about signs she saw in Elizabeth, who was short with her colleagues and was making some errors. Continue reading

The Gift of Uncommon Skills

The Gift of Uncommon SkillsWant to give your employees a gift that will last a lifetime?  Give them skills that transcend their current job.  In fact, give them skills that transcend any one job – that are valued no matter what job they are in.  Help them to be the value players no matter where they play.  In so doing, you also make them more valuable to you and your own organization, because you benefit from their enhanced abilities in these timeless talents. Continue reading

The Impossible Dream

The Impossible Dream“Tilting at windmills” – a phrase made famous by the off-kilter actions of knight-errant Don Quixote in ‘Man of La Mancha’ – signifies a misdirected idealism.  Indeed, crazy Don Quixote saw the beautiful in everything, no matter how much trouble it got him into, no matter how others derided his optimism. Continue reading

The Rain in Spain

The Rain in SpainMany of us remember the Pygmalion story of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower-seller who was turned into a social experiment by Professor Henry Higgins, who bet a colleague he could turn this crass, accented person into a ‘real lady’.

Professor Higgins did his job, but Eliza didn’t let go of her spunk, and in the process, she changed Professor Higgins as much as he changed her. Continue reading

Standing Out from the Crowd

Standing Out from the CrowdWhat makes a leader special?  Not just good, but someone who stands out as most admired, who has become a revered legend?  And what can you learn about your own leadership from these paragons of leadership? Continue reading

Creating the Best Personal ‘Brand’

Creating the Best Personal ‘Brand’It’s the new ‘hot topic’ – how to create a brand for yourself.  Dozens of articles have been written about it, even in such august publications as Forbes.  Some of the advice out there isn’t bad, but in general, it has one major flaw: it focuses on how to get yourself noticed, not how to assure that you are what you’re selling. Continue reading

Integrating a New Leader

Integrating a New Leader You’ve got a bright new leader who’s just joined your organization, and you prepared a great onboarding process to get her acclimated and launched.  Or did you?  What was covered in your onboarding process? Continue reading

How New Leadership Positions are Like New Sports Cars

How New Leadership Positions are Like New Sports CarsLanding an exciting new position is like getting the keys to a shiny new Ferrari – you’re exhilarated, ripe with anticipation, eager to test your skill.  But….. how do you get the thing started?

The analogy is probably truer than we realize, because even if you salivated over that Ferrari for years, it’s intimidating to get behind the wheel, realize the power you have to channel, figure out all the mechanics and electronics, test your limits behind the wheel, and make it really perform! Continue reading

The Myth of Innate Leadership

The Myth of Innate LeadershipWhen you hear something repeatedly put forward as fact, it begins to take on a sacred truth that is hard to disprove:  “The world is flat.”  “Elephants have uniquely excellent memory.”  “Women are more emotional than men.”  And another:  “Leaders are born, not made.” Continue reading

The Myth of the Super Leader

The Myth of the Super LeaderThe cover of a recent publication shouts, “Wanted: Super Leaders”.  Obviously, they’re wanted because they’ve not yet been found.  Expectations continue to build for finding people who combine a set of traits that are a cross between the Dalai Lama’s serenity, Steve Jobs’ drive, Einstein’s intellect, and God’s omniscience.  Are you ready to take on the challenge? Continue reading