Leadership Give and Take:
The Paradoxical Truth

Give and TakeWhen it comes to leadership give and take, are you a “taker,” or a “giver?”

Western leaders have been conditioned for generations to believe that the way to advance is to claim as much as possible, to take more than you give.

Many leaders make personal gain the objective of business life, and almost any means to achieve it is fair game.

Talent, passion, hard work and perseverance are certainly valuable. However, taking what you can, even if it’s from others, is often the method used to attain rewards.

But what if there was a paradoxical truth that showed the opposite to be the case… that by giving away what you have, you’ll get even more? There is substance to this truth, and it warrants examination. Read More »

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Friends at Work:
A Leader’s Guide to Self-Disclosure

friends-at-workFor people to become friends at work, it’s not enough to talk shop—both people need to share personal details about themselves. But how much is enough, or too much? As any relationship between two people grows, the level of self-disclosure needs to grow. Read More »

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Friends at Work:
Three Types of Friendships


Friends-at-Work Many of us have friends at work, while others, including leaders and C-level executives, seem to struggle making friends in a workplace environment.  Why is that? Read More »

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Great Leaders Make Friends at Work


Fun-at-WorkGreat leaders who have friends at work certainly seem to have more fun on the job. But did you know that leaders with workplace friendships make better decisions, are more engaged in work, more committed, and productive? Read More »

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How to Overcome a Good-Enough Culture

Good-enough-cultureYes; you can overcome a good-enough culture.

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

I’ve been exploring how organizations suffer from a culture of “good-enough.” It’s typically a top-down job, and just like the frog in the kettle, can take you by surprise. But the good news is there is a remedy. Read More »

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Overcoming Mediocrity in a
Good-Enough Culture

Overcoming-Good-EnoughIf your organization suffers from a good-enough culture, take heart: there are steps leaders can take in overcoming mediocrity. Read More »

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Symptoms of “Good-Enough” Leaders

Good-enough-culture-3It might be shocking to think, but you might be seeing symptoms of “good-enough” leaders in your organization.  I’ve been exploring how organizations suffer from a culture of “good-enough.”  What I’ve found in my coaching practice is that leaders in these organizations are not focused on excellence. They send signals that they don’t care―­some signs are subtle, some are clear. And they’re found throughout the system. Here are a few examples: Read More »

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Here’s How a Good-Enough Culture Takes Root

culture-takes-rootIn my previous post on a “good-enough” culture, I explored the many ways mediocrity wastes billions of dollars in organizations. Like most organizational culture, it flows down from the top of the organization. It takes root when leaders believe that a “good-enough” approach is acceptable. Read More »

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“Good-Enough” Cultures:
Billion Dollar Waste and Failure

Good-enough-failureIn organizations with good-enough” cultures, billions of dollars are wasted each year by leaders and staff who compromise on standards. Such leaders endanger themselves and their careers by permitting a “good-enough” mentality. This risk engenders wide-spread mediocrity, but fortunately, it has a remedy. Read More »

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Self-Management:
Focus for the Year, Plan Each Day

Self-manage-planIt’s important to learn how to manage yourself well, so that you spend your time daily on what truly matters. You want to stay on a path that gets you where you want to go at the end of each year. It’s not about time management, but self-management. Read More »

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