On the Cutting Edge of Change

Take the Best Route from Management to Leadership

“How does a manager become a leader?” you ask. This is one of the most important questions in all of business. What the work world needs today are more leaders who can take charge in a strategic way and help everyone in the company have a “go for it and grow from it” mind set... read more →

Leadership and Hidden Sources of Conflict

One day at a senior staff meeting Michael expressed strong doubts of George’s idea to acquire another company. Michael and George started to raise their voices, much to the surprise of the rest of the management team. Michael was so angry he was physically shaking; he nearly lunged at his colleague. He knew even as he.. read more →

Extraordinary Bosses as Mentors

Think about what it feels like when someone listens to you. I meanreally listens. They do not interrupt. They do not look like they are planning where to go to dinner or what they have to say to someone once you finally shut up. They are there with you. What a great feeling. Often you end.. read more →

Extraordinary Bosses and Extraordinary Work Cultures

Who are the employees who drive most bosses crazy? They are … ta da…. The rebels. Rebels are those who always find something wrong at work and want to gather the troops to take their case to HR. And if HR does not respond, well, there is always a hungry lawyer lurking in the corners who is ready to go at.. read more →

Overcome Barriers for Change

  The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Sir Roger Bannister. On May 6, 1954, approximately three thousand spectators gathered at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, where winds up to twenty-five miles per hour began to subside just before the start of the event. The race was.. read more →

When does a Boss Transform into a Leader?

Question: “How many managers does it take to become a leader?” Answer: “Only one, so long as the manager can give up subordinates to gain followers.” Here in lies the trap of management versus leadership. It really is easier to have people who work for you where you can set the game plan and the schedule. When your.. read more →

The 5 Telltale Signs of an Employee in Distress

When should you intervene in a work/personal issue or should you? How much should you ask about a team member’s personal problem? How can you find the balance of what to ask or not ask and what are the telltale signs to watch for? Have you ever watched a really good employee begin to slide down a slippery slope of.. read more →

Can Conflict Really Be Good for the Workplace?

Why do so many of us cringe in the face of conflict? It’s because the little kid part of us that looked up at those giants in our world (that means any adult) and knew they were big and we were small, and they would win and we would lose when it came to decision making, makes.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: Take “Difference” out of Diversity

HUH? You say. Diversity is difference. What else is there? Diversity management means having a rainbow culture with lots of people from different races, gender, ages, and ways of thinking and being. Isn’t that what diversity is all about? NOT QUITE. Diversity is about creating a culture where each individual’s UNIQUE way of learning and participating can become.. read more →

Gentle Leadership: Thank You Pete Seeger

How do you measure the weight of a human life? What really matters? That is the key question for all of us. What really matters? Pete Seeger is an example of what the words decent and dedicated look like in action. This man was truly leadership in action. As I was looking for some songs for my book.. read more →