It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…

Why is it that so many leaders in today's world view unsolicited input from those they lead as a threat to their leadership authority?  I've experienced this in both my civilian and military careers.  For some strange reason, leaders are unwelcoming to advice from their subordinates and I just can't understand why.  Is it because it makes the leader feel inadequate in some way?  Is it because leaders expect themselves to be the sole source … Continue reading It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…

Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

As I'm sure is the same for many of you, my parents constantly stressed the importance of one of life's most valuable lessons; saying please and thank you.  I was taught to say please before I asked for something and thank you after I received it.  Sounds familiar, right? But if I'm being honest, this was one of my least favorite lessons as a kid.  Despite being so simple, somehow it was also so difficult … Continue reading Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

Stop running from conflict. In fact, it’s time to embrace it.

If your childhood was anything like mine then you've likely heard the phrases "take the high road" and "be the bigger person" more than once.  Like many of you, I heard those phrases after an "argument" with my brothers or   friends or after someone mistreated me.  But I must admit, I struggled to understand how it was my responsibility to "be the bigger person" if I was the one being wronged.  I understood that … Continue reading Stop running from conflict. In fact, it’s time to embrace it.

Is being “too kind” as a leader a bad thing?

A few years ago, during my time in the Army, one of my fellow soldiers told me that my biggest flaw as a leader was that I wore my heart on my sleeve.  He told me that people take advantage of people like me because I trust to easily and that's a bad thing.  I will never forget that day because he went on to tell me that I would never be a good leader … Continue reading Is being “too kind” as a leader a bad thing?

In such a complex world, simple leadership is often the better choice. Here’s why…

Among the many of father's famous soundbites, lies one of my all-time favorites; Less is More.  I must admit that when hearing this as a kid, I always hoped he meant something like, "less work is better" but unfortunately, he didn't.  What I came to realize over the years was that he meant, "The less complicated you make things, the more you get out of it".  Whether he was talking about his approach to coaching … Continue reading In such a complex world, simple leadership is often the better choice. Here’s why…

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