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 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, [...]

Can You Handle the Truth?

Seeking the truth. Finding the truth. Facing the truth. Communicating the truth. It takes an extraordinary commitment to the truth to seek it and frankly not everyone is interested. Some people like their own version of reality just fine, thank you. It’s hard to make a difference with these people. Serious truth seekers don’t fit [...]

Right People in the Right Seats, Please

Remember this premise from Jim Collins in his book Good to Great? “When we began the research project, we expected to find that the first step in taking a company from good to great would be to set a new direction, a new vision and strategy for the company, and then to get people committed [...]

Employee Accountability: Fun Conversations without Scolding!

How do you have conversations for employee accountability inside your organization? What if we could bring fun, play and ease to the conversations we have about being accountable? Being the oldest of four children, I was appointed the babysitter.  It has taken me YEARS of committed introspection into the topic of accountability and what is [...]

Conversations that Inspire Teams

As team members, we like to be inspired, yet it doesn’t take much to uninspired us. What is NOT inspiring your team? He said/she said. When WIIFM (what’s in it for me) overtakes the common mission. The blame game. Responsibility without authority Authority without autonomy Assignment with participants who are not enrolled in the vision/mission/outcome. [...]

Do You Resist Collaboration?

Can you admit it?  It's okay, you are not alone. Many people resist collaboration with colleagues. I find my preference for collaboration increasing. We have so much to consider in business today, going it alone isn’t very wise! Collaborative accountability is recognizing that even though many minds have contributed to the decision, ultimately if it is [...]

Candor in Business: Are You Risk-Averse?

You might ask, “What kind of candor are you talking about?”  This could be a very long and winded blog post if we included all the times and ways in which you could choose candor over hiding, lying, leaving or some other way to avoid telling the truth or expressing your views. Is it risky [...]

How to Survive the Team Drama Triangle

I've been there and maybe you have too — being held accountable for producing a result, then given people to work with who do not report to you.  Hah!  Good luck!  In executive team building the team drama triangle must be identified and squashed.  Sometimes unwittingly the executive team and even a conscious leader can [...]

Leader Vulnerability and Transparency – Part Two

Welcome to Part Two. If you missed Part One, you can access it here. Let’s get right to it! Glenn Llopis wrote a Forbes article highlighting some of those good things. In this blog I present the abbreviated version, his five powerful things with my own explanation.  His full version can be found here. According [...]