Tag Archives | Leadership

How to Manage the Doubtful Victim Mindset

Have you ever encountered a “victim mindset” in your day-to-day work? Chances are that you have. Whether you find it at the executive or middle-management level, most of us have worked with someone (or possibly multiple people) who personifies this mindset. Your challenge as a leader is figuring out how to handle it. In order […]

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Recover Credibility After Missteps

“The timing of the product launch was poor. I told my team it should not be done that month,” stated Brad (the division president). “Brad, don’t you lead that division? Based on what you just said in the last few minutes, there were at least two important factors for the product that were not considered. […]

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Manage Up to Improve Your Situation

“You have to learn to manage up better.” Perhaps someone has said this to you or a colleague. To manage up, you need to be strategic in how you handle work relationships with your boss and individuals higher on the company ladder that possess more power than you. When you manage up with leaders, the […]

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“Unmuddy” Strategic Thinking

Is strategic thinking important for leaders? When asked this question, most business leaders said “yes.” The remaining said generic use of the term has muddied its meaning. Therefore, let me clarify what I mean by strategic thinking as it applies to work. In my experience, individuals who effectively demonstrate this capability: Use a broad “field of […]

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Strengthen Your Resilience

Whether you are a C-suite executive, middle manager or an emerging leader, you will continue to face setbacks. Maybe the company is not performing up to expectations or you are not getting the progress you want from employees on key initiatives. Setbacks can start to take a toll on you. How you do you respond […]

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Identify the Right Situation for Executive Coaching

“She is a leader who has some rough edges needing refinement.” “He has done well in his current role, but he isn’t sure how to get to the next level.” “He doesn’t recognize how demotivating he can be to the organization.” “We have tried to help her but nothing has worked. I’m not sure what […]

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Delegate Instead of Doing It

“If I take the time to explain what I need, they still won’t do it the way that I do. It’s just easier to do it myself.” How often have you or a colleague made such a statement? While you may believe that taking the time to explain is inefficient, take a moment to consider what […]

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The Eyebrow-Raising State of Business Trust

Has trust in our dynamic, global marketplace reached a crisis level over the last year? According to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, the answer is “yes.” This annual, global survey finds the number of countries falling into the “distruster” category increased to two-thirds from one-half in 2016. For countries in this category, trust in business, […]

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Critical Obstacles to Leadership Candor

“If there is one place many of our company’s leaders could improve, it is having candid discussions with people about how they are doing, especially if these people are failing to deliver on expectations.” Do you know any organizations like this? Since I regularly hear statements of this type in my line of work, I […]

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Manage Leadership Team Disruptive Exchanges

How does your leadership team handle meetings that involve a topic where there are vastly opposing viewpoints accompanied by strong emotions? Hopefully, team members are able to keep the intensity in the optimal range of productivity. What happens when they don’t? For those who have had the “opportunity” to experience when the team fails to […]

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