Fix the Environment, Not the People. 4 Levers for Affecting the Culture.

We know that environment has a large impact on people’s behavior, yet as leaders, we are often too quick to blame a behavior on the person rather than the culture we’ve created. This is easier, because while they are responsible for their behavior, we are responsible for the culture…. Read More»

Healthy Skepticism or Toxic Negativity? Good Teams Know the Difference

You have an idea so great that you practically skip into the Monday morning staff meeting, ready to share!

Once you share your next best idea, though, you look around – and none of the enthusiasm you expected exists. Not even a tepid thumbs up or a good question; all you see is confused expressions. Finally, someone speaks up: “I don’t get it. How would that work?”… Read More»

The Top 10 Organizational Culture Crises of 2014

2014 was a big year for the subject of workplace culture and it ended with Merriam-Webster identifying culture as the word of the year! The decision was based on growth in the number of definition lookups during a year when numerous culture crises dominated the popular press. While culture is clearly growing as a topic of interest for CEOs, it remains an elusive subject that rocks many organizations to their core. So what were 10 of the top culture crises of 2014?… Read More»

8 #LeadershipResolutions for 2015

As 2014 came to a close, so did another chapter of our lives. Written are 365 more days of our leadership, our influence and impact on others. Before we look to 2015 to develop our #LeadershipResolutions, we must first debrief the recently closed annum. Take some time. Like a Fighter Pilot after a combat sortie, sit with your wingmen and determine what went right, what went wrong, what could have been done better and which mission objectives were achieved or missed. This is the first and most critical step in improving performance in the coming year…. Read More»

Five Secrets to Creative Adaptability

n the face of continuing economic challenges, a roller coaster marketplace, Congressional stalemates, and unrelenting change, leaders in every part of an organization must develop a capacity for resiliency. A cornerstone of resiliency is adaptability. Mind you, this is not the ordinary find-another-answer but rather find MANY answers.

Remember: the organizations with the greatest number of responses to any given situation is the one that survives. The good news: a leader does not and cannot have all the answers. Engaging every part of the organization breathes unknown potential into life…. Read More»

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