Why You Should Volunteer for 360-Feedback

Why You Should Volunteer for 360-Feedback You’ll learn more than just feedback. For some leaders, being the subject of 360-feedback is like your annual check-up at the dentist.  You hope no one says anything you don’t want to hear. [For those that aren’t familiar with 360-feedback, it’s feedback you receive from everyone you work with, i.e., from everyone all around you, à la 360 degrees in a circle.)I totally understand why…

The Once In a Lifetime Event

The Once In a Lifetime Event Time to stop, just for a second, and enjoy the moment. If you’re the slightest bit Type A or high-achieving, I need you to stop thinking about work.  Just for a second, literally.No need for a week-long Caribbean holiday.  Just a second of pleasure.  And don’t worry; work will still be waiting for you when you’re done.Tomorrow, at 2:22 and 22 seconds (am or…

How Will You Spend Your 1/2 Million Minutes?

How Will You Spend Your 1/2 Million Minutes? Don’t let them become a billboard on your highway. Wikimedia Commons: S. Sepp As of today, I’ve spent more than 522,270 minutes engaged in doing something this past year. Put into seconds, that’s more 31,000,000 seconds, the equivalent of 363 days. 31,000,000 is a big number. One would think it would feel like a long time. Funny thing is, all that time…

Stop Empowering Your People.

Stop Empowering Your People. Don’t worry. They want you to stop. If the word “empower” were to disappear off the face of the Earth, I’m not sure many people would notice. In fact, many would breathe a sigh of relief. The word “empower” has a distinctly passive quality to it. As in, if you’re people aren’t getting the results they should, you’re supposed to “empower” them.But what does that even…

Don’t Believe It. Leaders Are Afraid to Fail.

Don’t Believe It.  Leaders Are Afraid to Fail. But they survive their self-criticism. 1234qwer1234qwer4 / CC-BY-SA-4.0 Trendy leadership books and articles like to say that “The best leaders aren’t afraid to fail.”What nonsense.Successful leaders are definitely afraid to fail.  They spend a notable amount of time ensuring that they don’t.  In fact, for high-achieving leaders, anytime they come up short of their objective, that is failure.  And it stings.  The pain of coming up…

Now Is Not the Time to Play to Your Strengths.

Now Is Not the Time to Play to Your Strengths. Rise to the challenge. There’s a very seductive quality to wanting to play to your strengths.Many books, blogs, articles, talks, videos, and self-professed gurus have encouraged you to do so.But don’t fall for that.  It’s too risky.  And too costly.When you were a child, did you play to your strengths, or instead did others encourage you to do things you…

Don’t get stuck in the middle.

Do You Get Lots of Work Done? Yes? That’s Too Bad. Don’t get stuck in the middle. Today I read an article in which the author asserts there are two types of leaders: those that manage up and those that manage down.Those that manage up seek to please their manager, and those that manage down seek to please their direct reports.Obviously there are risks in both styles of leadership.However the…

Servant Leadership Gone Too Far

Servant Leadership Gone Too Far Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. It’s not uncommon to hear a leader say something like “I wouldn’t ask my people to do anything I’m not prepared to do myself.”  Often it’s said in conjunction with the concept of servant leadership or something similar.Although the sentiment is admirable, what about the ensuing actions?True, everyone likes to see their manager acting or behaving just…

Remote Work Won’t Kill Corporate Culture

Remote Work Won’t Kill Corporate Culture Just ask Meucci, Gray, and Belleed As the pandemic eases here in the United States, there’s a lot of discussion about what the new workplace will look like. 100% back to office?  100% remote?  Some hybrid model?As part of that discussion, you’ll often hear people lament how virtual work, Zoom meetings, remote offices, etc. will kill corporate culture.How will we build a culture if we…

Does Your Company Bleed Value?

Does Your Company Bleed Value? Time go beyond the tourniquet. Here’s a quick thought experiment:Imagine if each night, 100s of thousands of dollars, or even millions of dollars, were automatically withdrawn for no reason from your company’s bank account.And if your Chair or CEO came to you and asked, “Where did all that money go?”, you’d say, “Honestly, I don’t know.”And if your Chair or CEO then asked, “Well, will…