Posts Tagged: Leadership Training

leadership lessons from the military

What surprised me the most about this article by retired four-star General and former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Ray Odierno, weren’t what the lessons themselves were, but how few of them he provided, and how, through this utter simplicity, he managed to hit the nail directly on the head. I have… Read more »

the secret to reducing employee productivity

Have you ever seen a child put their hands over both ears and say “blah blah blah” while someone else is speaking so as not to hear them? Have you ever seen a CEO doing the exact same thing, minus the hands on the ears and the “blah blah blah”? You know what I’m talking… Read more »

the authenticity paradox

Imagine speaking to a room full of aspiring business leaders. You ask “who of you wish to be an authentic leader”? Of course, you picture hands raising as very few of us wish to be perceived as disingenuous or insincere, in either our business or personal lives. In a time where authenticity has become a… Read more »

Faint Signals Matter

Most warning signs are not in your face, flashing wildly in different colours to get your attention. As a leader you have to keep your eyes ahead as well as pay attention to what is happening in your periphery. Often, when a brand loses its lustre or deteriorates, the signs and signals were there long… Read more »

Leadership Tip: Turn Down the Noise

Leadership Tip

Leading an organization is never easy, let alone in times of uncertainty and chaos. The only way to help ease the mental pressure and the emotional stress of the ambiguity is to accelerate and ensure each stage of the journey adds layers of additional coherence to the situation. In order to provide coherence and confidence,… Read more »

Karaoke Capitalism

Transformational leadership is different than the day-to-day administrative or transactional leadership we have been accustomed to. Transformational leadership is the very special type of leadership required at those moments when you reach a key intersection or a strategic inflection point. It is not the old style, reactive, copy cat leadership that Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle of… Read more »

Soundview Leadership Webinar

On Dec 17th, 2013, I had the pleasure of doing a webinar with Soundview Book Summaries, entitled “Transformational Leadership – Solving our Leadership Crisis.” It was the second highest attended webinar they had hosted, with 600 attendees. In the webinar I outline four principle challenges facing the modern executive and the eight essential leadership competencies… Read more »

Personal Credibility & Trusted Judgement

Decision Making Intelligence is the second credibility builder and it is the ability to solve problems, resolve issues and come to conclusions that satisfy the various stakeholders and leave them feeling fully and clearly committed to the decision. It is about personal credibility and trusted judgment. In order to be credible, leaders must combine their… Read more »

Understanding the Future: Bold Imagination

The innovation we need to transform our organizations is not developed by digging for the provable facts and empirical evidence hidden deep in the well of our retrospective data banks. It is not the deep analytical source of insight that will somehow help us make sense of the future. It is quite the opposite. Our… Read more »

Navigating Direction : Mastering Pivot Points

Throughout history, the truly great leaders have known when and how to pivot when the situation and the context change. They seem to have a sixth sense and know exactly the right moment at which to abandon what is no longer working and comfortably embrace new tools more suited to the conditions they find themselves… Read more »