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  • high-performance culture

    Unlocking True Capability

    Leadership drives culture, culture drives performance. This statement concisely describes the outcome that we’re ultimately trying to achieve as leaders. The primary function of a leader is to create and maintain a culture that’s conducive to performance excellence… a culture where every individual is committed to giving their best every day.  Culture is simply, the […]

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  • Office Politics

    How To Spot a Political Animal

    I lived the rough and tumble of corporate politics in many companies and I can tell you, it’s no fun. Politics can undo you – even if you’re operating with good intent, and doing everything right. On one level, politics can be seen simply as a process of influencing, but on another, it can be […]

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  • Decision Fatigue

    Struggling With Simple Decisions?

    Is decision fatigue a thing? I’ve heard the expression used quite a bit over the last few years. The theory is that, during the course of every day, our brains are forced to make thousands of decisions, big and small. The cumulative effect of all these decisions is mental fatigue, which can then result in […]

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  • Accountability culture

    Blaming Others Doesn’t Help

    Blaming others when something doesn’t go to plan is one of the most insidious (and unfortunately, most common) leadership behaviors. It’s a cancer in your culture that has to be eradicated.  When a leader tolerates the blame game, excuses become the norm, and organizational politics thrives.  I came to believe over time that excuses are […]

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  • performance standards

    The Standard You Walk Past Is the Standard You Set

    One of the most important roles that a leader plays is to set the right standards for performance and behavior that the team is expected to rise to. Sometimes, we think we’re setting an appropriately high performance standard but the exceptions we make indicate otherwise. How do you actually set the standard? Now, I’m talking […]

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  • Ban These 5 Words from Your Corporate Values

    Ban These 5 Words from Your Corporate Values

    This post is inspired by an article that Denise Lee Yohn had published in Harvard Business Review in 2018. And, I defy anyone to read that headline and not feel compelled to read the article. Yohn drew on research from hundreds of companies, finding that 90% of all corporate values statements have the words “ethical” […]

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  • Building a diverse organization isn't simple

    Building a Diverse Organization Isn’t Simple

    If it was easy to build a diverse organization, everyone would have already done it. There’s a couple of limiting factors that I’ve learned from experience make this an incredibly difficult pursuit. The first thing is that disadvantage is historical. When you’re trying to fix historical anomalies, the people who are already in the senior […]

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  • High-performing teams start with high-performing individuals

    High-Performing Teams Start With High-Performing Individuals

    Many leaders claim to have built high-performing teams. Many of them are completely full of shit… and in my experience, most can’t even clearly articulate what a high-performing team is! If you want to build a high-performing team—I mean, really want to build a high performing team—then there’s going to be some pretty tough leadership […]

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  • Is leading from the front a good thing

    Is Leading From the Front a Good Thing?

    Is leading from the front a good thing? Well, the short answer is yes, but it comes with one major caveat. I’ve seen many leaders doing the work of people below them and then painting this as a virtue by saying, “I’m leading from the front.” This concept is completely flawed, and it’s a dangerous […]

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  • Permissive leaders make people unproductive and unhappy

    Permissive Leaders Make People Unproductive AND Unhappy

    I’ve seen the devastating effects of laissez-faire leaders. They seem to think that if you keep people happy, they’ll naturally give you their best work. In my experience, this is almost never the case. You’ll recognize a permissive or weak leader because they’ll verbalize it in some pretty standard ways. Just make a little note […]

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