Building Trust with VR? Yes, Please!

There has long been a serious trust deficit between leaders and their people, and the pandemic has exacerbated it. But before examining this, let’s explore the meaning of trust and COVID’s effect on it. Trust is often a misunderstood concept. People often say things like “I don’t trust that person,” making it sound like our…

Simple Truths for a New World of Work

In my new book Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust—cowritten with my colleague, trust expert Randy Conley—we take a look at some practical, day-to-day leadership principles leaders can apply in their organizations. Simple Truths of Leadership is broken down into 52 concepts/quotes, half on the topic of…

Game Time for VR Leadership Development

The time for virtual reality (VR) in leadership development has arrived. VR simulations are becoming more immersive. Equipment and development costs are falling. Leaders are busier than ever. And the pandemic has scattered workforces and required social distancing. A Giant Step for Leadership Development VR represents such a giant step in leadership development that it’s…

Need Your Team to Be More Innovative? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine I am fairly new director in a large global organisation. We are a liaison team designed to work in tandem with product development and marketing. I have a great team—all inherited and all very skilled and experienced. Their former boss (who was let go) was very rigid and very focused on process and…

The Power of Micro-Innovations

When we think of innovation, people like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Steve Jobs tend to come to mind. The lone hero in solitude has a hold on our imagination, but the truth is that innovation is rarely the result of an inspired genius toiling away in a garage. Groundbreaking innovation takes lots of people.…

Providing Legendary Service in Challenging Times

Every day there seems to be a new story about an irate customer behaving badly. These unfortunate situations create psychological stress for frontline employees and additional pressures for businesses. What can employees and companies do to provide Legendary Service while facing the headwinds of the pandemic? Hard Times Demand Legendary Service We’ve all been struggling…

Manager Keeps Shooting Down Your Plans? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I have recently taken a job as office/operations manager for a medical practice. The managing partner is fairly new to the practice and was given the job because none of the other doctors want to deal with the day-to-day problems. It is true that hiring and managing staff plus staying on top of…

Boss Is Always Criticizing You? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I have always really liked my job even though the workload is oversized and the hours are long. I provide expert advice and coaching around diet and weight management in a community medical clinic. I have a master’s degree in nutrition and am a registered dietitian. We are government funded and located in…