Category Archives: career

The One-on-One Meeting:
Mastering Your Technique

Great leaders have great people skills; they know that how a one-on-one meeting is conducted is just as important as the topics discussed. Perhaps the most important element is clear communication. I wrote about this in my last post. This is a major point John Maxwell expresses consistently in his many books, in particular, The 21 Indispensable […]
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The One-on-One Meeting:
Policy and Preparation

As a leader, is the one-on-one meeting a regular part of your administrative policy? How is it perceived? If one-on-one meetings are not a significant part of your leadership portfolio, they should be (read my previous post, here.) As a welcome component of your leadership process, one-on-one meetings are not a sign of trouble or […]
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The One-on-One Meeting:
Go From Trepidation to Appreciation

Many leaders dread or avoid private, one-on-one meetings because they are viewed as uncontrollable, unpredictable, or risky. They seem to require an almost perfect use of soft skills and techniques, and swing with as much variation as the personalities with whom you’re meeting.
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World’s Best Boss:
Manager AND Leader

Do you have the best blend of manager and leader skills to be called the “World’s Best Boss?” Administrators who cling to a sole management or leadership approach handicap their organizations, and are not likely to be nominated the best boss of anything.
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Management and Leadership:
The Best Blend

As a business administrator, do you have the best blend of management and leadership skills? After reviewing the distinctions between managers and leaders, should we assume that one administrative model is superior to the other? Should you adopt a purely managerial or leadership model?
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Management vs. Leadership:
Your Authority and Behavior

As a business administrator, authority is one of the clearest distinctions between managers and leaders. I’ve been writing about this in my recent posts because the definitions of managers and leaders are far from straightforward, and they’re the subject of much debate. Any complex comparison reveals a definite overlap between managers and leaders. But the distinction is important because […]
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Management vs. Leadership:
Your Purpose and Focus

As a business administrator, what’s your purpose and focus? Is it management, or leadership? As I wrote in my last post, the definitions of managers and leaders are far from straightforward, and they’re the subject of much debate. If you’ve categorized yourself as one vs. the other, you’ve likely been influenced by specific definitions you’ve […]
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What Type of Administrator are You:
Manager or Leader?

What type of administrator are you? Are you a manager, or a leader? Business administrators have the greatest impact on employees’ careers and well-being, as work remains a significant aspect of people’s lives. Administrators determine whether employees enjoy or detest what they do. They’re also responsible for the organization’s prosperity.
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Leadership Give and Take: Don’t Be a Doormat

When it comes to leadership give and take, “givers,” if taken advantage of too often, will eventually withdraw. I’ve been writing about the paradox of leadership give and take. What I’ve seen in my coaching practice is that when givers become leery and withdraw giving to avoid being hurt, they become completely ineffective. Ultimately, the “takers” […]
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Giving Leaders:
The Hidden Strength

Is there a hidden strength in giving leaders? I’ve been writing about the paradox of leadership give and take. Within this paradox, the majority of employees see their bosses fitting the mold of the “takers,” putting their needs first and working their way up the corporate ladder effectively. Conversely, “givers,” who put their needs last, […]
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