Archive for April, 2011

What Makes a Great Organization?

Monday, April 18th, 2011

My friend Dan Rockwell writes a terrific blog, LeadershipFreak, which regularly challenges me to better define my thoughts about key leadership issues. A recent post titled “Six Steps to Organizational Excellence” based on work by Dr. Muriel Asher provoked me to come up with my own list. Here are my Six Drivers of Organizational Excellence: Read the rest of this entry »

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360′s: The Right Way and Wrong Way

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Strong leaders have an odd blend of self-confident self-sufficiency and insatiable curiosity. They have the self awareness to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, yet also know that what they think about themselves is less important than what the people they serve – customers, vendors, employees, shareholders – think about them. They regularly seek feedback on their performance. Think of former NY Mayor Ed Koch who would continuously ask, “How am I doing?”

Many organizations have institutionalized the practice of periodically requesting 360 degree feedback as part of their review and development processes. There are many ways to do this. Some work better than others. Some are dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Change Is So Hard

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

I have a business coaching client – a highly competent manager who has never found the success he desires – who has struggled with clinical depression since his early teens. Over the years he tried many different therapies and medications. Nothing worked. His condition continued to destroy his relationships and career, and, he feared, threaten his life.

I suggested that while we often cannot choose the conditions of our lives, we can choose how we relate to our conditions.

“That’s facile,” he replied. “How does that apply to me?”

“Have you ever considered,” I asked, “what you get from your depression?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Two Questions that Lead to Growth – for Everyone

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Are you creating the opportunities you’ll need for a highly successful career? In Insights for the Journey, John Lucht suggests asking yourself two questions in order to stay on a growth path:

  • “How can I re-distribute my work in order to provide a more richly developmental experience for each subordinate?”
  • “What can I offer to take over from my boss that will give him or her helpful support and, at the same time, give me needed stimulation and growth?”

Why are these two questions critical? Read the rest of this entry »

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