Failing’s Gotten a Bad Rap – Lighten up

From the time I was competing for spelling bees I’ve been afraid of failing.  Who isn’t afraid of something? Being the oldest of four children, I had plenty of opportunities to fail. I failed to keep my brother from hitting my sister, and when I called our parents to complain they blamed ME! I had [...]

A Chicken/Egg Leadership Recipe

Question: Which Should Come First, Being or Doing? Answer: Being. A leader’s greatest potential to contribute [to people they lead and their outcomes] is granted by followers who perceive a leader as “BEING leader.” Unlike the title “manager,” the title “Leader” is earned (over time), and determined (by people who WANT to follow that person). [...]

Accountability Pays Earns Certified Women Owned Business Designation

San Diego-based Accountability Pays has earned the Certified Women Owned Business designation. Accountability Pays provides coaching and leadership training for large and middle market companies nationwide. Led by President and Founder Pamela Stambaugh, Accountability Pays empowers HR leaders to make better people decisions by combining the exceptionally effective Harrison Assessments Talent Solutions® with targeted development [...]

You Might be Breaking the Law: The Problem with Using Personality Tests for Hiring

Is your pre-screening assessment introducing bias into your hiring process? Read this excerpt from our whitepaper to find out why you should rethink using a personality test for hiring. Obviously, employers have every right to attempt to determine if applicants are likely to perform well. According to some estimates in recent years, up to 70 [...]

Gaining Strategic Agility through Paradoxical Leadership

How do you lead with bold optimism while realistically recognizing and analyzing pitfalls… those you see and those you can’t lying around the next corner? How do you balance the authoritative and collaborative components of group decision making, or drive your team with warmth and empathy while enforcing deadlines and objectives? F. Scott Fitzgerald once [...]

Can Millennials be Managed toward their Highest Potential?

Prompted by the convergence of two trends in the workplace — 10,000 baby boomers a day retiring between now and 2030, and 8 million Millennials entering the workplace in the coming years the question we tackled was “How are corporations managing their talent pipelines and the career expectations of their employees?” From our survey of [...]

You Can Lead a Horse to Water

...but you can't make him drink. I have learned a lot working with horses. They are emotionally honest creatures, tuned into their senses for survival. If the water you want a horse to drink has arsenic in it, you might not know it but the horse would. That deep instinct may or may not be [...]

Begin 2016 with Stop. Start. Continue.

I have played this game with CEOs I’ve coached and it’s clearly not a game. It is an assessment of where you are now and how you might essentially reconstruct your future based on what is working and what is not working to get you to your goals. Simple and profound, the exercise can be [...]

Fat Cats and Smart Rats are Slowing HR Transformation

“The ability to make good decisions regarding people represents one of the last reliable sources of competitive advantage since very few organizations are very good at it.”- Dr. Peter Drucker Making good decisions about people means elevating “people” to a strategic conversation. It means inviting HR into the inner sanctum. REALLY. That is not an [...]

A Vulnerability Test – 7 Ways Leaders Demonstrate Trust

Trustworthiness requires being willing and able to be vulnerable. A dictionary definition would say that vulnerability is being susceptible to physical or emotional injury. In this case, it means emotional injury — being "available" emotionally such that you care sufficiently. If something goes awry, you feel it. I ran smack dab into vulnerability 16 years ago, [...]