This summer I did something for the first time since I became an adult in the working world; I took an actual, no kidding, real vacation.  It didn’t hit me until I was 40 feet under the surface of the Pacific Ocean that I was on “vacation”. Before this summer every leisure trip I’ve ever taken had been associated with a work trip, or was in conjunction with seeing family

Let’s face it, being a leader is tough even in the best of circumstances.  The saying goes “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it!” The truth is, everyone CAN be a leader and there are ways you can prepare yourself to make it a little easier. Before you even start your first day leading a team, you should develop your personal leadership philosophy. Engaging in a little self-reflection

Every leader understands the importance of making sure their team has the skills they need to accomplish the goal. If the team doesn’t have the right skill sets, a good leader will find a way to get people trained so that they do.  Training can encompass a lot of things, from specialized technical skills to general interpersonal skills.  There are some more basic skills that everyone needs to have to

We’ve all been there, You’ve either volunteered (or been volunteered) to work on a project with a team of folks from across the organization, or the boss has had enough of a particular issue and told you all to go “work it out.” The last time you were involved in one of these projects everyone made small talk with each other around the table until crunch time, then it was

Is this something that you ask yourself as a leader? I think this is a very important question for young leaders to ask themselves occasionally, especially those in a position that have another leader they report to (let’s face it, this is most of us). The most successful leaders I’ve found are the ones who think a few levels above their own in the organization. It’s important to be able

We’ve all worked for them, ineffective or “toxic” leaders. As long as there have been leaders, there have been the kinds who bully and belittle their people. Most leaders who act this way don’t even know they’re doing it. How can we understand the difference between an effective leader who motivates and enforces standards and one whose tyrannical style actually detracts from the mission? My goal today is for all

I hope that question brings to mind a list of people in your life. If not, don’t sweat it. You’re probably already mentoring someone and just don’t think of it that way. You should! Being a mentor is one of the best ways you can “give something back” by sharing your insight, experience and perspective with someone who is facing challenges similar to those you have faced. It’s something I

Recently I was able to attend a speech given by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. He made a statement at the beginning of his remarks about “limiting strategic goals to our resources and willpower.” This is not a new idea in the world of foreign policy, but I think it is worth exploring on a more everyday scale as we look at setting our own goals

It’s pretty clear that the world is rapidly changing around us. Technology has enabled us all to work with mobility and connectivity that was unimaginable just a few years ago. Raise your hand if you’re reading this on your phone or tablet! Unfortunately many managers and leaders have responded to this unprecedented freedom by implementing stricter controls and supervision over their team members. Instead of allowing individuals to maximize their