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,…

Is it time to join “Egos Anonymous”? Two ways to tell

Best-selling business author Ken Blanchard believes that there are two personality issues that prevent executives from becoming their best selves. “One is false pride—when you think more of yourself than you should. When this occurs, leaders spend most of their time looking for ways to promote themselves. “The other is fear and self-doubt—when you think…

A kind word changes everything

Everyone goes through emotional ups and downs during the course of a normal work week.  What’s your personal policy as a manager when it comes to addressing the feelings of your people at work? Are you an Avoider, unsure about how to deal with feelings so you retreat from the situation?  Are you an Ice…

The number one thing YOU can do to improve employee engagement this week

Gallup’s latest report on The State of the Global Workplace 2011 identifies the levels of engagement and subsequent wellbeing of workers from over 120 countries.  It’s another great report from a pioneer in the field of employee engagement.  Overall the report shows that only 11% of workers are engaged, with 62% identified as disengaged, and…

Creating a High Investment—High Expectations Work Culture

Leaders in today’s organizations need to continuously balance the expectations of three different groups of people—shareholders, customers, and employees. How these three groups are ranked within a company will largely determine the type of culture the organization has. A “shareholder first” organization is very different from a “customer first” or an “employee first” company. In a…

Healing the Wounded Organization–3 key strategies from Ken Blanchard

Trust, commitment, and morale all took a hit as many companies struggled through the economic downturn of the past two years.  Ken Blanchard believes that there are three key strategies that leaders can employ to return a wounded organization to full health:   Be a bearer of hope Make your people your business partners Become a servant…

Ken Blanchard Webinar and Online Chat–Healing the Wounded Organization

Join best-selling author and consultant Ken Blanchard for a complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern).  Ken will be discussing strategies for leaders in a special presentation on Healing the Wounded Organization: Rebuilding Trust, Commitment, and Morale. The webinar is free and seats are still available if…

Rebuilding Trust, Commitment, and Morale

Years ago, business owners were asked, “If you had to choose between a fire that wiped out your facilities versus having all of your people quit and walk out at the same time, which option would you take?” Almost everyone said they’d rather lose their buildings and equipment because to rebuild their human organization would…