12 Signs of Cowardly Leadership
You hear that term a lot these days. It is a call to commit and act; to make hard choices and take risks; and to do what’s unpopular and right. Language can be a funny thing though. Sometimes, people hijack words to fit their own ends. They may brandish words like courage, innovation, and integrity, but look closely at the real message. Are these words used as motivators – or weapons?
12 Ways to Be the Leader Everyone.....read more
Owning your own business is enormously rewarding, but success can take a Herculean effort that often leads to isolation and exhaustion. Preventing burnout before it starts will strengthen your business and help you build a lasting career in entrepreneurship.
Burned out leaders typically feel exhausted, detached, and emotionally volatile. Their example creates a dysfunctional culture prone to power plays and confusion. "You're likely to lose your best personnel when a leader gets burned out," says Stephen Courtright, a management professor at Texas A&M University and an expert on.....read more
Being late - it's about respect.
In business, time management is never about managing time. Time is a known and stable factor.
It can't be managed; it can only be acknowledged or ignored, according to how much you appreciate its importance.
If you're late for a meeting, it's probably not because some unavoidable obstacle put itself in your way. It's because you didn't allow for the obstacle. You didn't spend time thinking about the obstacle. And if you didn't spend time thinking about the obstacle, you're not showing respect for the people you're doing business with. In other words, you are the obstacle. Because.....read more
Resilience - the abilty to recover from Adversity
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games.
On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed.
I have failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that’s precisely why I succeed.”
Management is NOT Leadership
During the last fifteen years of studying businesses and coaching in organizations, we can't tell you how many times we've heard people use the words "leadership" and "management" synonymously, and it drives us crazy every time.
The mistakes people make on the issue are threefold:-
Mistake. 1: People use the terms "management" and "leadership" interchangeably. This shows that they don't see the crucial difference between the two and the vital functions.....read more
It is better to be clear than to be right
A lot of times, I find leaders want to be right and they think being right is what gains respect.
I find being clear is what gains respect–if you’re clearly wrong, people can correct you, and if you’re clearly right, people can follow you.
Being right is a big deal in our culture, inculcated from an early age. I remember (vividly) so many times as a child holding back from expressing myself in school because I was afraid I was not right. What.....read more
Are you an 'Efficient or an 'Effective' Leader
stop focusing on being efficient – it’s a waste of time.
Nobody other than perhaps you really cares how efficient you are, but everyone cares how effective you are. Not only do they care how effective you are, but they also care about the effectiveness of those whom you lead. It’s important to remember leadership is a people business, and people are messy. Leadership has little to do with how neat and tidy things are, but everything to do with how successful you are at scaling effectiveness.
What being an "Authentic Leader" really means -
Being an effective manager requires that you behave authentically. "Why?" you might ask. "Maybe the 'real me' isn't the most effective boss, but if I can just act the way an effective boss should act and get good results, what's wrong with that?
In my experience, two things are wrong with that, and they both amount to the same thing: It almost certainly won't work.
First, it won't work because, sooner or later, the people who work for you and with you.....read more