Doing More With Less—4 ways to maintain your sanity

In a new column for Fast Company, Scott and Ken Blanchard share some of the best thinking from their recent leadership livecast on Doing Still More With Less where over 40 different thought leaders shared tips and strategies for getting work done during a time of limited resources. Feeling a little overworked and under-resourced yourself? …

Four Leader Behaviors that Build—or Bust, Trust!

In a new article for Fast Company, columnists Scott Blanchard and Ken Blanchard take a look at why some companies are successful in implementing change while others struggle. They also look at why some leaders inspire people to work together effectively, while others cannot. The pivotal ingredient in both cases?  Trust Drawing from Ken Blanchard’s…

Are you only half the leader you could be? See if you have this limiting self-belief

In their latest post for Fast Company online, management experts Scott and Ken Blanchard share that, “One of the big mistakes we see among otherwise promising managers is the self-limiting belief that they have to choose between results and people, or between their own goals and the goals of others. We often hear these people say,…

The More You Give, The More You Get (A new strategy for performance management in 2013)

It’s that time of year when we get together, give gifts, and rekindle relationships with people we haven’t seen since last year.  No, no—not the holidays—I’m talking about the ongoing performance review season. For the past several weeks (and several weeks ahead for procrastinators) managers around the world have been meeting with their direct reports…

Does your company culture resemble this classic arcade game?

The way an organization responds to mistakes tells you a lot about its corporate culture.  In an article on innovation for Fast Company, Scott and Ken Blanchard look at the different responses they’ve seen in working with organizations. Some organizations see mistakes as opportunities to learn.  These are the organizations that create innovative environments where…

Lost your focus at work? 3 tips for getting back on track

It’s easy to lose sight of where you are going when you’ve had your nose to the grindstone for an extended period of time.  You get focused on your task and you don’t take the time to lift your head and see where you are headed in the long term. Sometimes it’s just the opposite.  The long…

Managers: Don’t make this mistake with your best people

We all know the saying “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” It’s sound advice—but it’s also a dangerous habit unless you step back occasionally to see what impact it might be having on the busy person’s experience at work. For most managers, having a “go to” person is a great…

Employees feeling entitled? It might be your fault.

The way you reward and recognize your people may be promoting some unwanted behaviors.  That’s because the use of extrinsic motivators (like money, perks, bonuses, and promotions) may change an employee’s focus at work and can also lead to a never-ending cycle of unfulfilled needs, unrealistic expectations, or an overdeveloped sense of entitlement.  The bad…