“I do not know” is a Leadership Quality

We all know people at work who are filled with so much ego that they take great pains to hide any hint of failure or weakness. No matter what happens, they always have the last word.  Their strategy is the belief that any hint of vulnerability would cause others to see them as weak. According … Continue reading “I do not know” is a Leadership Quality

Does A Leader Always Have a Fancy Title?

As part of my career journey, I have had so many people say to me...I want to be a VP or a CEO.  It’s important to remember that leaders are not just the ones with formal titles such as VP, EVP or CEO.  In fact, many leaders that have inspired me have not been formal … Continue reading Does A Leader Always Have a Fancy Title?

Don’t Be a Sheldon

As we approach performance review cycles, the question for leaders to consider is “have you been a good listener?”  Have you truly listened to what your employees needed?  Have you, as their leader, considered both what they were saying, how they said it, and what they meant?  To effectively provide feedback, it’s paramount that you … Continue reading Don’t Be a Sheldon

Build Team Collaboration-Make it Safe

Have you ever worked on a team where things just did not feel quite right?  Each time you spoke up, someone glared at you or dismissed what you said.  There is a concept called psychological safety which impacts team innovation.  I have blogged about it fairly frequently.  Today, I want to talk about practical ways … Continue reading Build Team Collaboration-Make it Safe

That Was Not A Good Conversation!

Do you ever have an encounter with a co-worker or leader where you walk away just feeling horrible?  You are not sure why but you just don’t feel good after the conversation.  Why does this happen?  What makes you feel this way after a discussion with a co-worker?  There is a relatively simple model that, … Continue reading That Was Not A Good Conversation!

Think Big, Start Small, Go Fast…and Embrace Mistakes as Learning

We have all been there.  We work on a project for years, roll it out, and there are significant problems.  In fact, I was once on a project where we had to go ‘dark’ for six months and pull the product from the market.  This week, we heard about Samsung pulling their mobile phone from … Continue reading Think Big, Start Small, Go Fast…and Embrace Mistakes as Learning

Is Failure Good or Bad? It Depends.

As my children head off to college, I know they will start to compare themselves to other students.  Who is smarter?  Who is going to succeed?  However, is a person's intelligence a fixed quantity they're born with? Or is it something malleable, something that can change throughout the lifespan?  Can a person change careers, even … Continue reading Is Failure Good or Bad? It Depends.