The Ancient Wisdom of Teams

For a team to be successful, team members must put the interests of the team above their own. It’s necessary for team members, at times, to sacrifice their ego, play a supporting role, and in some deep sense, care more for the success of the team than for individual achievement and glory. These are timeless[…]

How My First Boss Saved Me From Failing

I was 23 years old, in my first professional job and I was failing big-time. My boss had recently handed me a list of five-hundred names and phone numbers and instructed me to cold call them. I picked up the phone and started dialing. I felt a palpable sense of fear and anxiety as I[…]

Innovation, Risk & Failure at Pixar

In a recent interview, Ed Catmull, the cofounder of Pixar, shares his views on risk, failure and culture. The entire interview is worthwhile, but I found Ed’s perspective on these three issues to be especially insightful and applicable to all industries. Taking Risks The nature of innovation requires risk taking. This creates a fundamental tension[…]

Drive for Results with Change Management

Before you can lead a change effort you must first identify the forces that are driving change and build the case for why change is critical. Gathering support from other leaders, as well as your team, depends on how well you understand the change that’s needed. Considering these questions will help you prepare and ultimately[…]

3 Phrases that Kill Trust in the Workplace

A key ingredient for establishing trust in the workplace is being accountable for your actions .  Accountability involves claiming your own power and marshaling your internal resources to achieve better results. Accountability asks, “What do you need?” Or, “What can I do to make a difference?” Accountable behavior enables you to take charge of your[…]

Marissa Mayer Under the Spotlight: What Can Leaders Learn About Trust?

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, was hired to fix a broken organization. She came into the spotlight recently with her decision to remove the option to work from home. This caused a huge uproar – tweets, blog posts and articles spread like the flu within minutes after a copy of the memo was released. Never[…]

3 Videos to Inspire Your Resolutions

Even if you haven’t created a formal list of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s likely you’re thinking of things you’d like to do differently in 2013. Feeling successful, communicating effectively and creating meaningful relationships are at the core of our lives at work and at home. As such, there is always room for improvement in these[…]

Do Employees Know Your Expectations?

  “I know what is expected of me at work.”   This statement is the first of twelve covered in The 12 Elements of Great Managing, a book based on research from 10 million employee and manager interviews conducted by Gallup. The research showed that one of a manager’s most important roles is to help[…]