Hammering Down Problems

The Problem with Being a Problem Solver

Clients are often surprised when I tell them, “The problem with being a good problem solver is that everything looks like a problem!” It usually comes up when these leaders are describing how they are assisting colleagues or direct reports by fixing what they perceive needs fixing. They describe being met with resistance, defensiveness, and…

Business Woman With Computer

Are You Being Too Tolerant? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I’ve painted myself into a bit of a corner. I’ve never insisted on having the latest equipment, software, or even outside help at work. I’ve pretty much worked with the equipment I was given and made do with the resources I’ve had. The problem is, everything is old—my laptop was designed for Windows…

One Thing

Your Success as a Leader Depends on This One Thing

Leadership is a complex endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. We tend to make things more complicated than they need to be and that’s definitely true in the field of leadership. To prove my point, go to Amazon.com and search their book listings for the word “leadership” and see how many returns you…

Graduation Caps Thrown in the Air

Graduation Advice? Use a Coach Approach

Graduation is a milestone and marks a new beginning. As a mom to a high school graduate and an aunt to a college graduate, I’ve been thinking about the advice I could share with each—in case they ever ask! Do you have a child, relative or friend embarking on the same journey? My advice as…