Leadership Perspectives

Lessons for leaders in Donald Trump’s surprising win

November 10, 2016

This week’s US Presidential election represented one of the most stunning political upsets that most of us alive today have ever witnessed. Regardless of how you voted or whether you were elated, despondent, or somewhere in-between with the result, most people were genuinely surprised when they learned that Donald Trump was to be the 44th […]

7 questions to see if communication issues are damaging your team’s productivity

January 29, 2015

The purpose of a team is to utilize diverse talents, experience, and world views to make better plans, arrive at sounder conclusions, and solve thornier problems than one might be able to do on one’s own. That diversity of thought and experience is what makes teams so effective, yet it is the very same thing […]

Don’t tell me what you can’t do for me

April 29, 2014

Ever notice how hardwired we are to respond to someone who is positive?  Want proof?  Doesn’t your heart lift just a bit every time you happen to catch a few bars of Happy?  You know it. “Because I’m happy, Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof, Because I’m happy, Clap along […]

That’s a fact! (Isn’t it?)

April 14, 2014

Leaders need to exercise caution in regards to what they accept – or put out into the world – as fact.  The problem is that often what people state as fact is something else altogether. In a recent leadership workshop that I facilitated, the team started discussing the concept of objective truth backed up with […]

Speaking your truth with courage and compassion

February 12, 2014

Most of us learned at an early age not to let everything that pops into our heads come out of our mouths.  Thinking before one speaks is generally a good idea.  It can keep us from saying things that we will later regret. But can self-censorship go too far?  Absolutely. Do you find that you […]

DC’s Eight Wonders of Effective Communication

September 23, 2013

Ask many leaders to tell you what they really want to work on, in terms of improving their on-the-job performance, and Communication, with a big capital C, invariably shows up on a lot of people’s lists.  Sometimes leaders mean that they need to start telling people about things, being more transparent, and sharing with others […]

Getting teams to talk about what matters: Six ways to create a culture of reflection and dialogue

September 9, 2013

In my last post, I talked about the difficulty leaders run into when they treat strategic planning as a discrete event instead of the culmination of an ongoing process of reflection and dialogue.  When leaders bring team members together once a year for official strategic planning discussions, they often find that their people don’t know […]

How to make strategic planning more meaningful

August 20, 2013

Despite what the calendar says, late summer, when kids go back to school, the nights get crisper, and the days get shorter, always feels more like the start of the new year than January 1st does, to me.  Anticipation is in the air as we shake off “summer casual” attitudes and start thinking seriously about […]

How to make an effective request

July 22, 2013

Sometimes things – jobs, friendships, marriages, employee behavior or even our boss’s behavior – aren’t what we want them to be.  Often, we resort to complaining about it, usually to the people who have the least amount of power to change the situation. Last time, I talked about the importance of making requests rather than […]

A complaint is just a request not spoken. Have you made your request?

July 8, 2013

A colleague of mine once said that a complaint is just a request not spoken.  This stuck with me, partly because I help leaders learn how to make appropriate requests, and also because I am repeatedly struck by how much complaining some people do without really ever seeming to do anything about the things that […]

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