Culture-Shaping – Connecting Millennials to Your Team

As a Consultant working with many teams, almost every week I hear something like, “How do we reach millennials… and keep them?” That is a great question. It is one that seems to be baffling many leaders and managers. Depending on who you talk to, Millennials were born from around 1980-2004. It is believed that Millennials will make up over 50% of the workforce by 2020 and 75% by 2030. They are tagged as the …

Climbing the Ladder of Success

Everyone wants to be successful. We all want to believe that we have reached the pinnacle that gives us admiration, respect, and most of all, success. There is nothing wrong with that if it is for the right reason and done within the right parameters. Those who reach the top of the latter of success by breaking the rules, rarely stay there. Some want to be successful but are going about it in unethical, immoral, or at best, unsustainable …

Face to Face

  Communication has taken on a new definition in recent years. Technology has made it possible, and even more convenient, to interact socially without ever physically seeing each other. Email and texting have replaced normal conversation. One problem is that those forms of communicating can easily be misunderstood. As a result, many people simply do not know how to properly communicate when it is face to face. As an Executive Coach and Consultant, I talk …

The Big Break! Are You Ready?

Most people live and die waiting for the big break. The saying used to be, “I’m waiting for my ship to come in.” We are always looking for an awesome opportunity to show up out of nowhere. Those kinds of breaks are usually without merit. They are short-lived. The kind of big break that will change your life is much different. It comes as a result of something you are ready to handle, not because of luck or chance. …

Project Hoarders

Most high impact leaders are “project hoarders”. This is the irresistible urge to hang on to every piece of authority and the ownership of every project or initiative. I’ve fallen into this trap many times. A new idea is formed. A vision emerges. As a leader, we see this is as our baby and feel the responsibility to nurture its growth. We set the project in place with our own systems and launch it in …

Effectively Leading Through Conflict – Part 2

In you haven’t already, you may want to first read Effectively Leading Through Conflict – Part 1. Conflict makes your blood pressure rise, your mouth dry, your senses heightened, and puts you in self-protection mode. It’s almost like you are in psychological warfare. Well, it’s best to get all parties involved to take a deep breath and calm down, so rationality can prevail. Sounds easy? Not really, but it is possible if one of the sides …

Effectively Communicating Through Conflict – Pt1

No one likes conflict. Most people do not like confrontation. Unfortunately, it happens and you cannot avoid it. The issue is not the fact that conflict happens, as much as it is how we handle it. A great leader has the ability to make a rough situation not look so bad. You can usually diffuse a situation just by handling it properly. It takes more than optimism, it takes the right communication to get others to feel calm …

Stress Fractures of a Leader

Have you ever noticed how different it is to be the leader? Not only do you have the responsibility for your actions, but also for those following you. Followers have strong opinions about how the leader should lead. They critique your decisions and are quick to make public any misgivings you may have. When you work with a team like this, it causes added stress in your life as a leader. These things build up until they cause “stress fractures.” …

Millennials – Getting Your Team Off The Same Page

We have begun to research this important piece needed for successful teams, and quite honestly it’s not as negative as you may think. Millennials are GREATLY different than any other generation, but not necessarily in a bad way. We are in a new day. Living in a new era. Gone are the days of working for an “institution” or “corporation”. Welcome to the new days of working for a purpose. Jeff Boss reported the following …

Leadership Longevity

In a day where commitment is hard to find, it is great to see a person who just will not quit. Most people are committed until it gets hard, and then they feel a desire to go on to other responsibilities. In past generations, people would join a company at the ground level, work their way up through the ranks, and eventually retire. Today is much different. Most people will work for a dozen different …