3 Keys for Bringing Out the Best in People

Bringing out the best in people is the essence of effective leadership.  Although there are many important competencies required for effective leadership, there are three essential behaviors which play the greatest role in bringing out the best in people.  These three keys are: Treat People Like People, Treat Adults Like Adults, and Show Appreciation.  Let me explain why… […]

Should Companies Make it Easy to Stay or Easy to Leave?

I just read an interesting article in the New York Times about a new challenge that many companies are now facing with respect to millennials in the workplace. Many companies (stereotypically, technology companies) provide a number of perks designed to entertain and entice people to work longer hours. They provide things like free meals, on-site […]

5 Ways Corporations Can (and Should) Act Like a Startup

Established companies differ from startups in many ways.  Established businesses tend to be large and slow-moving.  Startups are small and agile.  Established businesses are structured, while startups are free form in their nature.  Each side has its advantages and disadvantages.  But there are a number of practices that startups use to great advantage which larger […]

Should Succession Candidates Be Internal or External?

I read an interesting survey recently conducted by Software Advice.  The survey reviewed the impact that having a succession plan has on employee engagement.  They examined feelings of engagement by employers (which ostensibly is the executive team) and by employees.  In both cases, there was a prevalent feeling of increased engagement when a formal succession […]

How the Other Half Leads

I suspect the title of this article piqued your curiosity about what insights might be revealed. But then, no doubt, the curiosity gave way to another question. Somewhere in the back of your mind you’ve wondered: “Which half is he talking about, the ‘strong’ half or the ‘weak’ half?” And then, after a moment of […]

3 Remarkable Insights from the Inc. 500 CEO Survey

The recent Inc. 500 CEO Survey revealed some fascinating results about how companies grow.  Three insights especially stood out from the rest and each is somewhat counter-intuitive. The first insight pertains to where these fast-growing companies’ revenues come from.  The stereotype of a high-growth, early stage company is that of an inspired entrepreneur with an […]

Executive Effectiveness: Stop Setting Goals

Over the years, I’ve seen this scenario over and over.  An executive decides they want a real boost in growth and profits, so they set a big goal for their organization.  Or, if they’re really ambitious, they develop a “BHAG” (a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal). Then they rally the troops, announce their big goal with […]

Leadership Effectiveness: Does the Greater Good Outweigh Loyalty?

I had an interesting discussion with a client the other day.  It had to do with an executive on his team whose performance was lackluster and his behavior unacceptable.  The executive had been given ample opportunity to change his leadership style and had chosen not to change.  The conversation would have been fairly routine, except […]

Does Success Change You?

Imagine this scenario…  You spend years working hard to succeed.  During these years, you have some success, mixed with lots of frustrations, but you never really reach the level of success you dream of.  And then something shifts.  Everything begins to work, and your fame and fortune take off. Here’s the question: Does success change […]

The Essence of Exceptional Leadership

Scores of books have been written on the subject of leadership, and some great insight and advice has been imparted. But most of those books avoid answering one critical question… We all know that better leadership is important and makes a difference, but most books and people I know – leaders included – can’t really […]