Three Rookie Leadership Mistakes

You’ve taken your first head coaching job, executive position or perhaps even become a CEO. You are simultaneously excited and overwhelmed. You look forward to the challenge and the opportunity. In order to capitalize on your success, you’ll need to avoid these common pitfalls that frequently occur with the big promotion. Mistake #1: Managing Versus […]

What All Leaders Can Learn from NASCAR

This weekend the NASCAR racing series returns to the Talladega Speedway. Last year I was interviewed by Megan Englehart of Fox Sports about the pressures facing young drivers in the Truck Series elimination race at this track. As the circuit returns to Talladega this year, I’ve reflected on some lessons all leaders can learn from high-pressure events […]

Do You Serve Or Lead?

You finally obtained your dream job. Your title might be CEO, vice-president, head coach, orchestra conductor or school principal. Regardless of your craft, now your success depends on your ability to motivate, develop and coach those you lead. As a senior leader, you’ll be evaluated on the performance of others rather than your own direct […]

5 Reasons Leaders Don’t Give Tough Feedback

Most of us agree we can’t be great without candid feedback, especially about things we can improve in ourselves and our performance. Yet often we don’t receive this feedback at all or react poorly when we do. Lisa McKale recently published a very nice infographic on Resourceful Manager regarding this topic. In my experience these are typical reasons […]

The Right And Wrong Ways To Use Executive Coaching

Executive coaching has become an explosive field.  I’ve seen examples of extremely successful coaching and also witnessed extremely poor practice. Making an investment in executive coaching involves significant time and resources for any individual or organization. Given that investment, here are some observations based on my years of experience that will help you maximize the […]

Thoughts On Leadership From A Fortune 20 Executive

I’m fortunate that practically all my corporate clients genuinely care about leadership and demonstrate this commitment in our engagement. However, many executives claim to be interested in leadership yet their behavior often doesn’t match their speech. I’ve recently crossed paths with a senior leader (not a client) who writes about and demonstrates leadership. Karin Hurt […]

Can Confidence and Humility Coexist in a Leader?

A Lesson in the Airport The other day I was in an airport lounge preparing for my latest consulting trip. The lounge was filled with the usual business types chatting on their cell phones, having drinks and generally conveying an air of self-importance. An employee came by to clean up my area, collecting glasses and […]

Redefining Passion In Leadership

In your leadership journey you have undoubtedly heard about the need for passion. It’s true that passion is essential to excellence. But I find leadership passion is very misunderstood. Passion comes in many different packages. When we think of passion we often go to images of highly charismatic, often dramatic, leaders giving impassioned speeches to […]

Five Signs You are a Self-Aware Leader

Years ago, a CEO I was working with said to me “You know, no one gets to be a CEO without an ego.” What struck me about his comment was that I experienced him as one of the lowest ego CEOs I have ever worked with. He had the self-awareness to understand he had an […]

Don’t Waste Your Time With Mission Statements

Many performers have been summoned to a “team building” meeting and asked to create a mission statement for their athletic team, corporate department, non-profit organization, etc. The problem with these meetings (and most forms of team building) is they ultimately turn out to be a waste of valuable time. Performers have been through these types […]