What Size is Your Leadership – Part 1- The Kayak

The Kayak Many years ago, a certain candidate – the former mayor of a small town – was tapped as a vice-presidential running mate for a popular senator’s bid for president. It soon became clear that she lacked the depth of experience or breadth of knowledge to make it through a press conference without major […]

What Size is your Leader-ship? Series Overview

No two leaders are called to the same degree of oversight….Knowing where you fit best is the key to an effective career. You may well be called to lead: but you may have a differentr capacity than another leader in te size of teams you lead well. There are key competencies you must possess to successfully navigate greater […]

“Salute the Rank -Not the Wo/Man “

Leadership Lessons from HBO series Band of Brothers – Part 2 Preview(opens in a new tab) Captain Sobol refuses to salute Major Dick Winters, who used to be his subordinate. What is your reaction when you must work with a boss who you know is a lowdown, dirty, unprincipled, canine? (I would never call a […]

When the Leader Taps Out

Whether due to ineptitude, slothfulness, fear, or willful neglect, many leaders go missing at critical junctures.

The Charisma Trap

Teacher: Describe the qualities of a leader Classmate raises hand: “Oooo oooo pick me!” “Yes?” “They’re tall, athletic build, dress nicely, good looking. Usually male, could be female, white..” “That’s all external. What about internal characteristics? The other classmate raises hand “They are charismatic!” “Now that’s the answer I was looking for. Well done” Pretty […]

Diving In – (Just Jump, part 2)

My very first post in 2014, Just Jump, I detailed my experience facing one of my fears as a 50+year- old: Jumping off a 3 meter diving board. I said jumping. Feet first, not diving. It took me till about 50 to even jump off of a low diving board. Yes, I could swim, but […]

Just Jump! Why I Force Myself to Jump off the High Dive Board

This is a repost from 2014. There is now a sequel, Diving In.  P.S. These are NOT my feet!;) Several years ago I realized that fear of conflict with certain individuals was holding me back from being the person I wanted to be. It was like fearing a shadow when the shadow appears 10 times […]

Helicopter Managers

Next to abusiveness, micromanaging is a top morale crusher Dahlia oversees the information systems department of a mid-sized IT consulting firm. She has been on the job for 15 years, earning many commendations and merit increases which reflect her work ethic and competence. Three years ago a new level of management was created as a go-between […]

The 7 Worst Ways to fire Anybody

Letting an employee go is one of the trickiest key tasks of a manager. It is part of management and accountability. It’s never the thing we were looking forward to doing when taking over a department or becoming the big boss. Yet it’s  necessary to, as Jim Collins would put it, get the right people ON […]

Is Chaotic Leadership really “a thing”? The

The headlines are full of judgments against our current Commander-in-Chief as running a chaotic administration, leading by instinct, and other unflattering terms to describe his management style. Mr. Trump’s response is that, aside from everything being “fine”, he likes being unpredictable, thinks conflict is good, and that he “gets a lot of things done”. But […]