When the Leader Taps Out

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

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 […]

Reverse-Engineering Your Worst Management Disasters

Reverse engineering is taking apart an object to see how it works in order to duplicate or enhance the object.  – WhatIs.com Reverse engineering our disasters means really examining them, rather than sweeping them under the rug in embarrassment.We may be leaders. We may be managers, even at a high level. But being human, we will […]

Emotions at work: A great servant but a TERRIBLE master

Scenario: You wind up in the COO’s office for the umpteenth time for “the talk”. You are once again upbraided for your reactiveness at a recent team meeting. You know they’re right, but begin your defense with, “I know I shouldn’t have said that, but he just made me sooo (fill in the blank here)! […]

Put your VOICE in the room

We’ve all been at the meetings when the participants take their stereotypical roles: the constant text-messager or gadget-meister; the one who invariably takes the topic off-course; the one who always tries to steer the meeting back on course; the long-winded one who states an opinion every time someone else takes a breath (!!) and… the woman or […]

Imposter Syndrome – Are You Afraid You’re a Fraud?

Let me begin this chapter by saying that if you are a fraud, a high school dropout masquerading as a doctor or the CEO of a company that stole someone else’s patented idea, stop reading now. You really are a fraud and need to quit. As for most of you honest, super competent readers who […]

Failure Coaching for Leaders

This post is adapted from my upcoming book: Pitfalls of Fear Driven Leaders and how to OvercomeThe “It’s OK to Fail” club has more and more members. Its adherents are industry leaders, sports figures, executive and life coaches, therapists and people with success stories because, truth be told, they almost all had to fail before […]