Be a Leader, Not a Guard

Be a Leader, Not a Guard

I once worked for a manager who spent a lot of time “protecting” my colleagues and me instead of leading us. This manager worked for a leadership team who would not provide essential information, like budgets, in a timely manner. So our manager spent a lot of time...
10 Things to Remember About Your Team Under Pressure

10 Things to Remember About Your Team Under Pressure

My supervisor (once upon a time when I worked at a large organization) came to me in a panic one day because a project waiting in the wings suddenly became the top priority. I was instructed to drop everything, redirect everybody and all resources to this project, and...
Great Teams on Purpose – Mastermind!

Great Teams on Purpose – Mastermind!

Big age gap causing stress for your team? Don’t miss out… Sign up below to get notified when the Mastermind is offered next! Transform your team From confused to clear and purpose-filled From making excuses about about the habits of Millennials, Gen X-ers,...
Fine doesn’t mean “fine”

Fine doesn’t mean “fine”

One of the most common preferences I’ve come to see in my years of working with business teams is describing a team with the word, “fine.” I have some bad news: when you say the word, “fine,” it doesn’t mean what you think it does. Here are just a few examples of...
Simple antidote to holiday stress

Simple antidote to holiday stress

Once, there was a farmer, who had enough of everything but not always much extra. She had been through many good times and many bad times, and was known for her reliability and thoughtful words. One day, a horse wandered onto her farm. It seemed content to stay there...
When facts don’t help with accountability

When facts don’t help with accountability

From my work with countless teams over the years, I have learned this: facts don’t help anybody increase accountability. Does that seem shocking to you? I discovered that while there are an endless number of facts in the world, they are simply tidbits of information...
Refocus on goals every day

Refocus on goals every day

James Pond on unsplash You don’t need another system – you need to refocus on goals every day   I have a confession to make: as someone who loves helping teams increase their happiness and productivity, I am a sucker for office supplies and organizing systems....
Accountability Not Perfection

Accountability Not Perfection

Raka Rachgo on unsplash   I once worked with a woman who would hold up a project if she disagreed with the use (or lack) of the Oxford comma. Or any questionable grammar, no matter how small or subjective. Consequently, correspondence would be late. Tiny projects...
My very favorite 4-letter word begins with “F.”

My very favorite 4-letter word begins with “F.”

That word is “fail.” (I bet that’s not what you were thinking.) Why? It’s simple, really. When we fail, we learn. When we learn, we grow. When we grow, we have a much better chance at succeeding – as long as we keep going. Failure is a natural, normal process....
Mixed Links #2 – Making Change Possible

Mixed Links #2 – Making Change Possible

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader. – Dolly Parton Making Change Possible Do you want to become a better leader, build stronger communications, or move your project...