Can leaders deliver feedback without someone taking it personally?

The other day a leader shared that he was working with a coach and his team, specifically on his team not taking things personally. When I hear this kind of comment, I get curious. Here are a few of the questions that I immediately think about: Why is the delivery of the feedback or discussion by the boss being done poorly? Is the boss aware of and does he or she assume responsibility for creating the right discussion environment?...

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Purpose in Innovation
Jul18

Purpose in Innovation

Simon Sinek’s TED presentation, is a must see for any leader and anyone trying to grow through innovation. The presentation, part of the promotion for his book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” is quite simply an explanation of why some companies inspire followers rather than just satisfy customers. Sinek presents something he calls the golden circle – why at the center, followed by how in the second...

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Is your market dying for change?
Jul08

Is your market dying for change?

In the Fast Company Article Change or Die, Alan Deutchman, shared a statistic that blew me away. After just a year, more than 90% of heart bypass patients return to the 5 behaviors (overeating, not exercising, too much stress, excessive drinking, and smoking) that put them on the operating table to begin with. Ninety percent! Makes you wonder how anyone could go through something as life changing as a coronary bypass and not change...

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Fireworks, Black Cats, Leadership and Luck
Jul05

Fireworks, Black Cats, Leadership and Luck

I have never been called a Black Cat before until Dan McCarthy published his latest July 3rd Leadership Development Carnival 2011 over at Great Leadership. It is no surprise he highlighted leadership development experts and their articles with a Fourth of July theme using fireworks. It also made me curious as to why he called me a Black Cat. Really – was that a good thing? It was time to do some investigation – little did...

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Should innovation be one of your core competencies?
Jun24

Should innovation be one of your core competencies?

Should innovation one of your core competencies? Peter Drucker may have answered that question best when he said that since businesses exist to create customers, the two essential functions of any business are marketing and innovation. And most CEO’s agree or why would they reinvest (aka spend) anywhere between 30 and 50% of their net income in R&D. However, even with that level of spending, most are dissatisfied with the...

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Leading for Results

Have you ever had a “difficult” supervisor? Did they discuss things with you or just give orders? Did they compliment you for a job well done, or did you only hear from them when you made a mistake? How did this impact your ability to come to work and be productive? What feelings did you have regarding this supervisor? Recently, while consulting with an organization, individuals were asked to close their eyes and envision their...

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