Mind the Gap

If you’ve ever ridden the London Underground, you’ve heard this phrase over and over – mind the gap – which relates to the gap between the train doors and the station floor. The message is repeated over and over and over on the trains – right before every stop, at the stop […]

Truth or Rationalization?

TWhether you’re talking about a decision, a belief or a choice, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that your reasons for the decision, belief or choice are true. After all, it feels really good to do (or not do) things based upon the truth. However, there’s always the […]

Communication and Commitment

CWhen it comes to communication as leaders and team members, we have six different ways of “communicating” about things we want to do or accomplish, but only one of these choices is a clear commitment that invokes personal integrity and accountability. This is also true when it comes to personal […]

Five Keys for Great Meetings, Part 5: Who Owns It and What’s Next

This week I’m wrapping up the five-part series on creating more engaging, meaningful, effective and impactful meetings through these five keys: 1.   Start and Finish on Time 2.   Be Clear on the Question (or Agenda) 3.   Don’t Solve Problems (other than the problem that’s the focus of the meeting) 4.   Finish with “What Did […]

In Search of Wisdom

Do you ever think about wisdom? The idea recently leapt into my consciousness, and I realized that it’s not a concept that I (or anyone else) seem to think much about. What struck me is that wisdom is such an essential part of leadership, yet we rarely think of it […]

The Nature of Impactful Teams

I regularly read a handful of blogs and daily newsletters, including the following: Seth Godin, Notes from the Universe, Ransomed Heart and Richard Rohr. I also have a spiritual practice that involves reading various daily devotionals on my YouVersion app. While I typically look to my YouVersion devotionals to fill […]

Help Them See It

During several recent coaching sessions, I was talking with leaders about the importance and necessity of helping their team members seeissues, shortcomings and opportunities to improve. Through these discussions, it became clear that managers and leaders usually fit somewhere in a range of approaches – only one of which is […]

What About the Car Behind You?

I’m pretty confident that as a driver you pay close attention to the cars in front of you and on each side of you, and perhaps even to the cars behind you to make sure you know what they’re up to. However, are you the type of person who pays […]

Are You Hiding?

No matter what your age or generation, nearly all of us have played the game hide and seek. It’s a fun game that can be played inside or outside, and it’s simple enough that anyone can play. Unfortunately, it’s also become a game that we play at work and in […]

It’s Easy to Be the Boss

It’s easy to talk like a boss and just as easy to be the boss. It’s also easy to talk about being a leader, but it’s often difficult to actually be a leader. Perhaps this is why we have plenty of bosses, but precious few leaders. However, differentiating leaders from […]