How is your transparency?

How is your transparency? Don't let them see you sweat. Make sure you have all of the answers (after all, you're the boss). Tell them what they need to know -- nothing more; they can't handle it. Never admit mistakes; deflect if you can. Does this sound familiar? This was the management style that I was taught, and the mindset I thought leaders possessed. Thankfully, it didn't take me long to realize that people want (and deserve) authentic leadership. You want authentic people on your team, so make sure you're leading with integrity  Here are four simple ways you can boost your level of transparency and authenticity, and likely increase trust, productivity, and respect among your organization. Let others know who [...]

By | 2020-06-24T00:33:09+00:00 June 24th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments


Delegation As leaders, one of the more challenging aspects of leading a growing organization is letting go and trusting others. John Maxwell puts it simply, "If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” As the organization begins to scale up, typically 50+ employees, senior leadership must develop additional leaders who share the same values, passion, and knowledge of the business as they do in order to affect change throughout the organization. However, many leaders confuse delegation with abdication. Abdication is simply handing over a task to someone with no formal feedback mechanism. We need to be careful here. All systems need [...]

By | 2020-06-17T01:32:27+00:00 June 17th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Timeless Truths

Timeless Truths Over the past several months, reflection has become a key part of many of our daily lives. It could be the tumultuous time we're in, old age, or a combination of both (likely both in my case). Below are some truths I have learned over the years to help during challenging times: Start each day with a renewed commitment to be passionate about your leadership role. Leadership is a privilege, not a right. It's a responsibility, a way of life, and not a title. The first person you lead is yourself. We are responsible for our character, our competence and our courage. We can't delegate those responsibilities to anyone else, nor can we blame anyone other than ourselves [...]

By | 2020-06-03T11:40:28+00:00 June 3rd, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments

How’s your listening?

How's your listening? Most leaders like to talk. We know communication is an essential leadership tool, but do we place the same level of emphasis and importance on active listening as we do communicating? We should. I love this quote by Edgar Watson Howe," No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next."  Yes, it's comical, but there may be some truth to it. Unfortunately, that may describe the way too many of us approach communication -- people are too busy waiting for their turn to really focus on the conversation as opposed to gaining knowledge and insight into what the other person is sharing. Are you guilty of that? I know I have [...]

By | 2020-05-27T12:04:00+00:00 May 27th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments

Are you teachable?

As leaders we have the potential to face the danger of status quo. We are focused on supporting and developing our team, growing our business, and in today's current environment, we're learning new ways to manage, lead, and drive results remotely. At the end of the day, it's easy to neglect our own personal growth and development. Throughout my career, I have learned that we must remain teachable -- we must be on a journey of lifetime growth. A mentor of mine asked me this simple question, "When was the last time you did something for the first time?" Pause, and re-read that again. When was the last time YOU did something for the first time? Powerful question, right? When [...]

By | 2020-05-20T12:50:34+00:00 May 20th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments