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,…

Employees Not Accountable at Work? They probably have a good reason—3 ways to find out

Accountability, accountability, accountability.  It’s an issue that comes up time and again as leaders and HR professionals think about the one underlying challenge in their organizations that holds performance back.  It’s a silent killer that operates below the surface in organizations and it’s tough to address. A best-selling business book (and one that I had…

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…

How do you deal with emotion at work?

Scott Blanchard, principal and executive vice president at The Ken Blanchard Companies calls it the new “F” word—feelings.  And it is something that managers and organizations struggle with on a regular basis.  Should you ask people to repress feelings and “check them at the door” or should you encourage people to bring their entire selves…

Is this personality trait holding you back as a leader?

In a new online article for Fast Company, Scott and Ken Blanchard identify one of the biggest barriers to people working together effectively. The culprit?  The human ego. As they explain, “When people get caught up in their egos, it erodes their effectiveness. That’s because the combination of false pride and self-doubt created by an…

Service above self: What leaders can learn from “The Giving Tree”

One of my favorite books of all time is the children’s book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  In short, the book is about the relationship between a boy and a tree.  Throughout the boy’s life, the tree offers whatever it can to make the boy happy—to swing from its branches, to pick and eat,…

None of us is as smart as all of us—take this quiz and see for yourself

Here’s an exercise from a team building class I attended that I wanted to share with you. It uses questions from a Mensa quiz to illustrate the point that a team’s collective wisdom is always greater than any individual team member’s. To get started, see how many of these questions you can answer individually. According…