Birds of a feather – why we need to belong

It commonly happens. Single adults hang out with other single adults. After marriage, couples transition away from their single friends and begin to hang out with other couples. The same occurs after children arrive. Why? Because we are socially programmed to associate with people who are like ourselves. We find both encouragement and support in … Read more…

Do you really want that promotion?

Leaders are change agents. Managers are less so. Leaders steer the ship in new directions or they inspire followers to pursue the company’s vision with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Manager just, well, manage. They keep systems operating smoothly, meet quantifiable targets, and keep things on track. Most of us expect promotions. We expect to advance … Read more…

Three things you can measure right now that will help determine where you fit as a leader or manager

At what level do you most often think? At what level are you most often called upon to think? You have to think about a lot of things. You daily task list may be long and detailed or limited and general. But you have a lot to think about. Paul Hersey and Kenneth H. Blanchard … Read more…

Is doing what you do getting you what you really want?

Start-ups are, in many ways, a lot easier than leading a seasoned company or organization. Once systems, methods, and procedures are in place they can become part of the corporate identity. Indeed, they become you and you become identified as them. If they work, okay. If they move your department, company, or organization toward your … Read more…

The hidden cost of meetings and why hiring someone to facilitate can be a great idea

The scene: Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the Navajo Nation. The participants: A group of educators representative of several organizations and agencies. The Purpose: Develop an vocational training program to enhance the skills of leaders already in place throughout the tribe. The plan had to satisfy the practical needs of skill development and the intangible … Read more…

7 Things you can do right now to enthuse your associates and employees with hope

A few days ago I shared 5 reasons why hope is not an effective strategy. In that same article I also emphasized that hope is nonetheless an essential attitude. There is a difference between hope and hope so. The former is certain, expectant, optimistic. The latter is tentative, doubtful, and pessimistic, at least to a … Read more…