How often do you overcommit yourself and your team?

Our reader poll today asks: How often do you overcommit yourself and your team? – All of the time. I never say “no” to any request of me or my team: 7.19% – Frequently. I usually take on too much work: 33.87% – Sometimes. I occasionally stretch beyond resources: 54.29% – Never. I manage priorities […]

Why Leaders Should Seek to be the Head of a Dog

Today’s post is by bestselling author Paul Smith. It’s from his newest book Parenting with a Story: Real-life lessons in character for parents and children to share (CLICK HERE to get your copy). He’s also the author of Lead with a Story – the basis of our course on Influencing through Storytelling. Renaissance artist Michelangelo […]

Moments of Clarity: 10-minute Lessons in Character

Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and bestselling author of Lead With a Story. Character is at the heart of good leadership, and therefore ultimately of success at work and in life. I recently interviewed 100 people from 20 countries around the world and from all walks of life. I asked them to […]

Why You Should Build a Culture of Purpose

Today’s post is by Christoph Lueneburger, author of A Culture of Purpose (CLICK HERE to get your copy). In the summer of 2002, John Replogle – currently CEO of Seventh Generation Inc., a leading maker of environmentally friendly personal and household products – was US President of a beer company. John recalls that one morning, as […]

How Why and So What Can Fuel Innovation

One of the biggest barriers to creating new ideas is the raw inertia of organizations. Personally, I am not satisfied with the “way we’ve always done it.” Whenever I am given an explanation of how the organization does something, I ask “why?” five times. That’s my maxim for generating new insights: “Why? Why? Why? Why? […]

How big a part of your role as a leader is process improvement?

Our reader poll today asks: How big a part of your role as a leader is process improvement? – It’s huge. Process improvement is the majority of my role: 15.45% – It’s large. A big part of my role is process improvement: 47.54% – It’s moderate. I do some process improvement but not a lot: […]

5 Ways to Give Your Culture a Helping Hand

Today’s post is by Linda Henman, Ph.D., author of  Challenge the Ordinary (CLICK HERE to get your copy). More than nine hundred years ago the Clan MacDonald and Clan McLeod found themselves entangled in yet another battle—one of many that involved the two most powerful groups on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. As the […]

Where do you spend the majority of your management efforts?

Our reader poll today asks: Where do you spend the majority of your time and effort? – Managing up (bosses, customers, senior stakeholders): 39.32% – Managing across (peers, partners, stakeholders): 34.76% – Managing down (team members, suppliers): 25.92% It’s interesting we spend more time managing up than we do managing our teams. That can be […]

How Your Lack of Transparency is Destroying Your Team

Opacity kills. People want to know what’s going on.  They expect their leaders to be up front with them and share information. When “leaders” use information as a source of power, it’s the beginning of the end for their team.  People see right through that power grab and that “leader’s” trust quotient plummets. Most of […]

Don’t Hold People Accountable – Help Them Instead

Today’s post is by Brendan Reid, author of Stealing the Corner Office (CLICK HERE to get your copy). I embraced the first 10 years of my career with enough passion and intensity to sink a ship. I was Captain Accountability. I demanded excellence from myself and from everyone else around me. And for a long […]