What Is “Thinking Strategically” Anyway?

Throughout my career, I’ve seen employees lauded or criticized for their ability to “think strategically.” It’s in numerous competency models and used in performance management systems across the country. We… Get the Rest

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An Overlooked Practice For Motivating Employees

Much has been written about the need to motivate your workforce. Today’s workers are skilled, versatile, risk-seeking, and mobile. You have to motivate the A-players to want to

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If You Never Change Your Mind, You’re Doing It Wrong

Hopefully by now you’ve warmed up to the notion that productive conflict is important to encourage in your teams. To get the most out of their insights and


What We Mean When We Say “Talent”

We catch a fair bit of grief in HR for using the term, Top Talent. The problem, of course, is that talent means different things to different people.


What Isn’t Leadership?

What is leadership, anyway? Ask 100 companies, and you’ll get 100 answers, all describing different leadership models. If you break down each of these models into its competencies,


Facts of (Work) Life: “Manager Pass-Through”

I wrote about the manager pass-through in 2011.  It's an important fact of life in every organization, so I'm writing about it again today. Here's the trick: Imagine


What Kills a Cat but Makes a Leader?

“Curiosity killed the cat.” This friendly little ditty told to children across the country is intended to squelch the wandering mind of young kids so as not to


How Do You Lead Today’s Rock Stars?

The NBA Championship is over, yet there is a lot of chatter about the tense relationship between LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers coach, David Blatt.  After observations


How to Know if Your Team is High-Functioning

Want an easy way to delineate between high- and low-functioning teams? Look for disagreements. Don’t see any? Then you’re probably watching a low-performing team. High-functioning teams have lots of

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No Expectation Leadership

I've been known to have been a leader who has really high expectations.  I'm not easily impressed or satisfied.  I'm not saying I'm right... well, I'm usually right,