The Five Pillars of Well-Being in the Workplace and the Critical Role of Trust

The topic of well-being in the workplace is getting a lot of attention right now.  The January/February issue of The Harvard Business Review featured articles on “The Value of Happiness – How Employee Well-being Drives Profits.” Since people spend more time at work than in any other single environment, it behooves leaders to create organizations that foster…

Good to Great: You’ll never make the jump until you deal with this

There is one aspect of a leader’s personality that is both their greatest asset and greatest potential liability at the same time.  And if it is not dealt with correctly, it has the ability to stop a promising career dead in its tracks. That element of human personality is ego, and its power is seductive.…

Healthy confidence or destructive narcissism? 10 warning signs

Although some features of a narcissistic personality may look like confidence or healthy self-esteem, it’s not the same. Narcissism crosses the border of healthy confidence and turns into a self absorption that puts your leadership at risk.  Now, instead of a healthy confidence that is attractive to followers, you come across as “conceited, boastful or pretentious.…

6 Keys to Creating Learning Experiences that Inspire and Engage

Join The Ken Blanchard Companies for a complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern).  Dr. Vicki Halsey, author of Brilliance By Design will be discussing learning and application strategies for leaders in a special presentation on 6 Keys to Creating Learning Experiences that Inspire and Engage. The…

Have you got “virtualosity”?

As the world becomes more connected by technology, there is a growing expectation that modern professionals are accessible and responsive. Often, this means stretching boundaries and developing new skills to conduct business with people in far-reaching time zones and geographies. One of the basic requirements in today’s new connected world is “virtualosity” when it comes to responsiveness…

Is employee performance a shared responsibility in your organization?

Managers and employees should work together as teammates and share accountability for the employee’s performance says Garry Ridge, CEO of WD-40 in a new article just published in the May issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine.  Drawing on some of the key concepts from his 2009 book with Ken Blanchard, Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy Called…

Who are you as a leader? 6 questions to help with transparency and authenticity

So much of leadership advice focuses on what to say and how to act in ways that creates trust, confidence, and followership.  And while it is important to understand how certain leader behaviors can be interpreted by others, that should never take the place of authenticity.  All of us have a genuine leader inside of…

Are you ready for Open Leadership?

Are you ready for Open Leadership? That’s the question that Charlene Li asks in her book, Open Leadership: How social technology can transform the way you lead. A major theme in the book is that leadership is about relationships, and because social technologies are changing relationships, leadership also needs to change. And while most executives…

Free Ken Blanchard Webinar! Lead with LUV: A Different Way to Create Real Success

Join The Ken Blanchard Companies for a special complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern).  Best-selling author and consultant Ken Blanchard will be joined by Southwest Airlines president emeritus Colleen Barrett to present the key concepts from their new book Lead with LUV: A Different Way to…