The Importance of the Leap, the Why, and Persistence in Leadership

Today’s post is by Kevin Fickenscher, MD, the author of Toto’s Reflections: The Leadership Lessons from the Wizard of Oz (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Early in my career I had the unique experience of serving as the President of the American Medical Student Association. Like any association of professionals, there were lots of […]

Setting Team Standards with a Simple Phrase

As you lead your team and set direction, you have to first set standards. Let people know these are the expectations that you have of them for how they’re going to perform, especially when you’re not around. These standards will typically take one of two forms. First, there are context-specific standards. Those relate to the […]

Best of thoughtLEADERS 2014: Seriously Our Awesomest Stuff Yet

It’s time again for our annual year in review list of the BEST posts we’ve published in 2014. Welcome to the 2014 edition of The Figgies (our SIXTH of em!  Wow!) which are the awards we give ourselves for writing awesome blog content (here are the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of those […]

How Leaders Can Avoid the Risk of the Head Nod

Today’s post is by Deborrah Himsel, author of Beauty Queen: Inside the Reign of Avon’s Andrea Jung (CLICK HERE to get your copy). The GM “head nod” is common symptom of leadership malaise that seems to be spreading from one organization to the next. If you’re not familiar with this symptom, it’s documented in the […]

How good of an example of living a balanced life are you?

Our reader poll today asks: How good of an example of living a balanced life are you for your team? – I’m a perfect example. My life is very much in balance: 13.61% – I’m a good example. I’m mostly in balance but sometimes work too hard: 37.58% – I’m a fair example. Sometimes I’m […]

12 Steps for Managers to Become Leaders

Today’s post is by Andrew Cravenho, CEO of CBAC. It’s true! All managers are not leaders. The fact is, most managers achieve their position without ever aspiring to it. They become managers because they are good at the job they are doing. Their bosses view a promotion to manager as a reward for excellent work. […]

How well do leaders in your organization compromise with each other?

Our reader poll today asks: How well do leaders in your organization compromise with each other to achieve the best result? – We always negotiate and compromise very well, and put the business first: 27.20% – We often put the business first, but sometimes personal interests prevail: 50.29% – We often put personal interests ahead […]

4 Keys to Overcoming Conflict and Giving Good Feedback

It’s nauseating to hear – someone soft-shoe dancing around an issue because they’re afraid of hurting someone’s feelings. They do so because they might receive negative feedback in a 360 review that they were abrupt or too direct in delivering feedback on that issue. So rather than going the direct route, they water down their […]

As a leader, how much of a project’s success can you influence?

Our reader poll today asks: As a leader, how much of a project’s success or failure can you influence? – I can affect every aspect of a project, and I’m a big factor in its success or failure: 17.28% – I can affect many aspects of a project’s success, but some are out of my […]

The True Value in Walking Away from Money

I have been in my share of uncomfortable situations where all the choices before me were painful ones. As much as I would have liked to have punted on the decision, I was the leader and I had to make the choice. Those uncomfortable moments were and continue to be perfect times to rely on […]