Lead on purpose, not buzzwords

"In today’s demanding corporate environment, businesses are struggling to boost employee engagement. It is a strategic imperative but no small task given the severity of the problem. According to Gallup Inc.’s 2013 State of the Global Workplace report, only 13 percent of employees say they are engaged at work. Astoundingly,…

Foot in mouth disease?

Have you ever tried to diplomatically address a co-worker only to have it blow up in your face? Ugh. Have your attempts to provide constructive feedback to employees been met with resentment and resistance? Exhausting. Maybe you put all that time into the sale and something about what you said…

What True Leaders Already Know…

Truth, when found, is something which stands on its own, needing no further clarification or explanation but for those seeking wisdom, it is worthy of much meditation. "If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them…

Navigating the references stonewall

Having given a prospective new employer contact information for checking their past employment references, my coaching client learned that his last employer, who laid him off, was a stonewall and would provide no answers to any questions that required more than a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer. So no matter how…

Don’t be a copycat!

Remember this childhood taunt –copycat? It’s what we called the kid that did or said or wore or bought or wrote the same thing that someone else had done or said or wore or bought which gained attention and recognition for them. Nobody liked copycats! There were two big problems…

Coulda woulda shoulda

As we fast approach 2015 and "I should do / you should do" thinking kicks off, it might be a good idea to bear in mind this wonderful counsel provided by Joseph Campbell: "If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know…

What is your anger style?

Anybody can become angry. That is easy,but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. Aristotle Aristotle was right –…

Force and power

As I watched this I thought about the power of these constant waves as they thundered against the tall, rocky cliffs. Their force could shape and sculpt or wear down and erode. Water and waves flow not of their own mind but this is not so of us; we have…