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[…]

Good Leaders Promote Emotional Well-Being

Things don’t make you happy, but experiences and relationships do. Highly productive people understand this and apply it in their own lives to maintain spiritual and emotional well-being. Great leaders also leverage this truth to create a positive culture and get the most out of their people. If you survey the happiness literature, one theme[…]

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[…]

Busting Through Leadership Myths

MythBusters, the TV show starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, focuses on confirming or “busting” popular beliefs, Internet rumors, or other myths. Given the shows popularity, Hyneman and Savage created a live performance and are on tour. Energy was high during the sold-out afternoon show this past weekend in Seattle: kids were out of their[…]

Questions to Consider for Your Leadership Oath

The oath each President of the United States takes is: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution requires that presidents must take this[…]

Resource Round-Up: Questions and Conversations

Journalists know the importance of the Five W’s (who, what, when, where, why…and don’t forget how). They understand that the difference between a good or bad question can make or break a story, and potentially their career. As leaders we also need to be intentional about the questions we ask and the conversations we have[…]

Leadership and EQ

In the past, it might have been true that leaders could succeed simply because they were smart. But that’s no longer all it takes. While technical skills remain important, our emotional intelligence (referred to as EQ or EI) is just as important as our IQ. In fact, research shows that a leader’s emotional intelligence has[…]

The Downside of Multitasking

One of the long-standing assumptions about leadership in today’s wired and global economy is the critical importance of multitasking.  With information coming at us through email, RSS, Twitter, smart phones and the like, the ability to perform multiple actions at once, quickly prioritizing tasks and making decisions, would seem to be an important contributor to leadership success. […]