The NeverEnding Challenge

Better. Cheaper. Faster. These words have become the mantra of today’s business world creating an environment of NeverEnding challenges.  How many times have we heard the words, “Let’s just get through this year and next year will be better”?   Some companies react to these challenges by reorganizing, eliminating jobs and implementing a list of “quick fixes”.  Read More …

Change? It’s Personal.

Change, even on a good day, is difficult. If it wasn’t I’d be wearing a size 6 suit. Change in the workplace is no easier. As companies look to reinvent themselves to meet the challenges of the future, change is inevitable. Whether expanding a business, restructuring an offering or just improving an existing product, it will require Read More …

LITE Up Your Bright Ideas

Better, cheaper, faster.  These words have become the mantra of today’s business world.  Technology is reinventing itself at an exponential rate driving businesses to seek new and innovative ways to meet growing customer and shareholder expectations.  But creating a work environment where innovation flourishes doesn’t just happen.  It requires four key elements:  Leadership, Ideas, Tools and Execution (LITE) Leadership:  Leaders play Read More …

Are You Using the Sink or Swim Approach to Developing Leaders?

Of course everyone will respond “no” to this question but the truth is that it happens more often than you think. In many cases when a new supervisor steps into their first formal leadership role there may be all kinds of issues lurking that require his or her attention.  There could be a discipline issue, an FMLA case, grievances to address, teamwork dysfunction, disgruntled employees, etc.  Read More …

Just Saying So Doesn’t Make it So

Change, even on a good day, is difficult. As companies look to reinvent themselves to meet the challenges of the future, change is inevitable. Whether expanding a business, restructuring an offering or just improving an existing product, it will require doing things differently. It seems simple enough. Offer up a good idea and everyone will Read More …

Not Invented Here

How many times has a great idea failed to light up the room because it was “not invented here”?   This frequently happens in a culture where decisions are driven from the top and power is considered the organization’s most precious commodity.  Even if teams and groups are asked for input or are assigned a project, it’s very likely Read More …

The Most Powerful Trait of a Great Leader

In reading hundreds of books and articles that describe the characteristics of great leaders, it is common to find traits related to vision, courage, accountability, communication, inspiration, trustworthy, results oriented, team builder, etc. But seldom do I see what I believe is the most powerful trait of a great leader.  They Care. Great leaders genuinely care about their company, their Read More …