Providing feedback is one of our most essential tasks as leaders. It can also be one of the most difficult especially when we have to let an individual know that they aren’t living up to the high expectations we have for them. Despite how uncomfortable these situations can be, we owe it to the individual and the organization to correct the behavior and get the individual back on track, or
I bet you know this story; you’ve probably lived through it. We had pulled together a team from across several departments build a strategic plan for a critical aspect of our whole organization. It was the kind unavoidable committee work that we’ve all had to participate in when the stakes are high and multiple departments are essential to a successful outcome. Adding tension to the discussion is that most of these
This week I read an interesting article on Inc.com talking about how terrible webinars have become. (Why It Is Time to Kill the Webinar) Reading this article highlighted to me that it’s not necessarily the technology to blame here, but that great public speaking skills are even more critical today in the digital age. Effective leaders need to be able to communicate their message and vision through any medium or forum.
Nothing erodes trust like finding out someone was hiding something important from you. I don’t like to get political in these posts, but there are several recent examples where people in positions of trust and authority (both government and corporate) have been accused of withholding information that should have been available to the general public. This lack of transparency, whether real or perceived, is having a significant impact on the
I’m often asked, what are the key traits that make a great leader? That question always brings up a lot of discussion, but I believe one of the qualities that makes a truly great leader stand out is the ability to create a vision of the future they want to achieve as well as being able to communicate that vision to their team. Leaders who can visualize and communicate a
One of the topics I often discuss with my colleagues, mentors and the individuals that I coach is the role that younger people are taking in the workplace. Some of the folks I talk with have very strong opinions about these younger cohorts, especially Millennials. I don’t want to get into labelling certain groups of people (although I kind of already have), but despite opinions, the younger generations are entering
One of the most interesting and amusing experiences I had at DEFCON was while we were waiting in line to register and pay our conference fee. If you’re not familiar with DEFCON, there’s no pre-registration or credit card payments accepted so everyone waits in line and pay cash to register for the conference. The line can be long at times, but it’s a great way to meet new people and