This weekend I finished reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. Friends and colleagues had recommended the book to me for years, and I bought an e-book version of it about 2 years ago, but just started reading it recently. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it; and if you have read it, pick it up again. It will be worth it! In the book

Recently I was having a discussion with a colleague on developing a way forward on a problem we were working on together. As he was outlining his proposed solution, I mentioned that I believed that we needed to engage in some critical thinking before we proposed any solutions.  My colleague took exception to my comment and was slightly offended that I would suggest he was not a critical thinker. After

Every now and then a member of our team will come to us with an idea of a new process, method or procedure to implement that they feel will get the job done better, or will be easier, or, in the best of cases, both. As leaders we often feel an internal conflict in this situation. We want to foster innovation, but also are concern the risks and resistance that

Sometimes as a leader you come into an organization or team that has already been established for a long period of time and you see a need to make some changes in order to better achieve your strategic objectives. Often these teams have their own processes and personalities that may or may not be responsible for (or a detriment to) the success of the team. Depending on how large your

These are two things that sound like they don’t go together; after all, we’re told to set a good example, don’t be sarcastic, set and maintain standards, etc. What I’m talking about here is “improvisational comedy”, specifically one particular aspect called “Yes, and…” Hopefully you’re still reading and haven’t decided that I’ve gone off the deep end. “Yes, and…” is a rule in improv that encourages each individual participant to

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Jan 2014

Work and Fun

We’ve all had a boss who wants everyone on the team to be a tight knit group of friends, enjoying each others’ company and hanging out outside of work.  He’s the boss who is always talking about “making work fun” and is always coming up with another “Mandatory Fun” event outside of work that he expects everyone to attend. And there are some leaders who don’t want to see any

A lot of people may not consider networking a leadership topic, but it’s more important than you might think.  As a leader, your responsibilities may actually exceed your direct span of control. You may not have the authority or resources at your disposal to achieve the results you’re being held accountable for. In cases like this you’ll need to leverage the contacts you have and their resources to find ways

It’s a new year and a great opportunity to set some goals for the coming months. We should all be assessing and setting our goals on a regular basis with some regular self-reflection, but if you’re looking to take on a new challenge, there’s no time like the present! It’s easy to get excited about a new goal but after a few weeks lose momentum on it. Here are some

One of the great things about being a leader is we get to guide others down a path to achieving some really important goals and share in the success. If we’re really lucky, we get to pick our own team and can surround ourselves with high-quality talent who shares our vision. We can choose people who think like we do, have similar experiences and backgrounds to our own, and approach

Evaluating ourselves is never easy to do, but it’s a critical part of being a leader. As times, technology and situations change and as people come and go from your team it is essential to ask yourself if you’re being successful at meeting your objectives or even if you could do them just a little bit better. Several years ago I got a very valuable piece of feedback from my