We hope you will agree: there is a wealth of useful information in the following blogs. If you go to the oldest posts, you will see we have been, for a long time, covering topics around heart-centered leadership and the liberation of purpose, passion and power of teams and organizations. The specifics of world events and your industry's challenges may change, but the key leadership tools and practices remain the same.
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Courage in the Valley of Death
A digital version of Staub's timeless book for leaders, this easy read offers tools and insights on how to courageously face change and new beginnings.
A recent CareerBuilder article listed cell phones as the number one productivity killer in the workplace. Is this the case, and are cell phones really the source of the issue? I would argue that cell phone use is a symptom of a bigger problem, and that the real challenge for […]Read More
I tell this to both employers and employees alike: your attitude determines your altitude in life. If you want to succeed, you have got to check that attitude. All the talent in the world won’t save you if you aren’t treating people with respect and dignity. As an employer, if […]Read More
When it comes to successfully liberating motivation in others there are some axioms that are useful to keep in mind. I have identified some basic ones that make a powerful difference. People feel motivated when they believe that what they do makes a difference. People are motivated to do their […]Read More
Employee engagement is the key to productivity in the workplace. Without a high level of employee engagement an organization will never be very productive, effective or efficient. There was a survey just released this past week that showed that cell phone usage was seen by many employers as the number […]Read More
According to Leadership Guru John Kotter, there are four things leaders have to provide: Establishing direction Aligning people Motivating and inspiring Producing change through the utilization of the first three The ability to shift or create context and also to re-contextualize (“draw the larger circle”) is a potent enabler of […]Read More
Attitude is defined in Webster’s as: “a mental position with regard to a fact or state, a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state” and “the position of something in relation to a frame of reference.” When you think about the challenges we face in life, it becomes readily […]Read More
The interesting challenge we face when we talk of motivation is not what we can add to the mix to get people motivated. It is really about subtracting things: removing obstacles and barriers to allow the free expression of motivational drivers, those that are already present but either blunted or […]Read More
What do Southwest Airlines, Johnson and Johnson, 3M and Mary Kay Cosmetics have in common? They all have created “mistake-positive” cultures, where people are encouraged and supported in taking responsibility for claiming and correcting their mistakes. They reward people for making the “right” kinds of mistakes, and they focus on […]Read More
Ethics are the fruits of your company, while “integrity” is the root feeding ethical behavior and standards. Just as the health of a plant is determined by the quality of the unseen root system’s capacity, the root of integrity determines whether an organization or society can stand upright and grow […]Read More
Right out of college with freshly minted degrees, today’s graduates are entering the workforce in a job market with a lot of baby-boomer employers and a big generational gap. Just what does a new college grad look like? What are they looking for in a job? And can employers expect […]Read More
Through more than 37 years of working with individuals, teams and organizations, I have come to the conclusion that the life we live is the life that we have created through the focus, decisions and actions we have chosen.Read More
A major health insurer with two-dozen processing centers around the country was planning to consolidate into six regional super-centers. The local office was not in consideration as a super-center because it was ranked dead last in quality, customer satisfaction, employee-engagement, backlog of claims, and efficiency.Read More
There once was a big buggy whip factory that had just made some major improvements in their process and means of manufacturing buggy whips. They made the best quality whips, priced just right. They were getting better and better at buggy whips; in fact, they set the industry standard. Unfortunately, the leadership of the business did not give much heed to Ford and his mass manufacturing of horseless carriages. They were the best at what they did, and they were out of business in very short order.Read More
There are numerous ways to generate and bring forth a vision. The most powerful way seems to be to have leaders (whether first-line supervisors, senior vice-presidents, or CEOs) sit down with their team, talk about the corporate vision, and ask what it means to the team and to the individuals […]Read More
One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen made by leaders in teams and organizations is that of not taking the time to formulate a vision. And even with those who do formulate a vision, do not do what it takes to bring that vision to life. A vision is concerned with doing the right thing. The communication and shared sense of ownership for that vision is part of doing it right.Read More