If you’ve ever had the benefit of a great coach, you know just how powerful coaching can be. But leaders know it can sometimes be difficult to coach the people on your own team. It’s one of the main reasons people are reluctant to delegate work in their Drudgery and Disinterest Zones. It takes so […]
5 Ways for Leaders to Listen Harder
I am mostly offline, attending a business conference. I have asked several bloggers to post in my absence. This is a guest post by Craig Jarrow. He is an author, speaker, and blogger on time management and technology. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on […]
What I Learned About Leadership from a Fight with My Wife
What does marriage have to do with leadership? Everything. If you can’t learn to manage conflict with those closest to you, how can you manage it with those who have less of a stake in the outcome?
A Tale of Two Leaders
More than twenty years ago, I had an experience with two very different leaders. Those experiences have dramatically shaped my own view of leadership. In the end, they represent two very different styles, leading to two very different results.
The Incarnational Principle of Leadership
The incarnation is the Christian teaching that God became man. This teaching is beginning to have an enormous impact on my practice of leadership.
Three Common Mistakes New Leaders Make (and How to Avoid Them)
The successful executives that I interviewed for The Next Level recommend that newly promoted leaders do these things in their first month on the new job: Meet and Greet: A top priority for any new leader is to get to know the key players in the organization. … Find Out What Success Looks Like: The most important question that new leaders need to ask is this: What do you think success looks like for my team six, twelve and twenty four months from now?
Leaders Who Leave a Lasting Impact
What he did have was a strong sense of who he was, and a caring spirit about him that made me want to follow him, listen to him, be in his space as much as possible. … For two reasons: First, it was abundantly clear in our conversations that he cared about me, and second, he lived the kind of life that I wanted to live.
How to Have Better Dinner Conversations
Over the years, my wife, Gail, and I have developed a set of conversational rules that we use at the dinner table. We have ever written these down. They are largely unarticulated. However, over the years we have done our best to maximize these opportunities and to make eating more about the discussion than the food. Here are eight things we do to create engaging dinner-time conversations.