How is your judgment?

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Great leaders are celebrated for their judgment. According to Warren Bennis and Noel Tichy, judgment is not about intellect, but of character and courage.  Given the uncertain times in which we live and work, it makes sense that we need character and courage.  Character is the moral compass–what Bill George refers to as “true north”–and… [Continue Reading]

Do you have the “Happiness Advantage?”

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Shawn Achor is on a mission to help people understand happiness.  “Research shows that when people work with a positive mind-set, performance on nearly every level–productivity, creativity, engagement–improves.  Yet, happiness is perhaps the most misunderstood driver of performance.  Most people believe the success precedes happiness … But success is a moving target.  The happiness that… [Continue Reading]

Traits of a Bad Boss

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As you know, I think there are too many bad bosses.  Why are there so many? Gallop consistently says that “People don’t leave bad companies.  They leave bad bosses.”  So what makes a boss so bad? Cindy Flanders had an interesting blog post of the 10 Management Traits that Make People Quit.  As I read… [Continue Reading]

The Paradox of Paradox

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par·a·dox ˈparəˌdäks/ noun noun: paradox; plural noun: paradoxes a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory. Interestingly, I have been reading books about paradox: The Paradox of Success:  When Winning at Work Means Losing at Life by John… [Continue Reading]

How Leaders Create Culture

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It is my belief if you want to change the culture, change the stories that you tell. Usually I define culture as the “glue” that holds people together. It affects how people feel, what they believe, how they behave. Another metaphor I use is that culture is the “invisible tapestry” that weaves people together. Even… [Continue Reading]