Results That Last

How do we create results that are sustainable and become fully ingrained in the culture? Many organizational leaders make significant changes, smile at their work and walk away from the effort, naively assuming that the improvements will last forever. But over time, people sometimes revert to the old ways of the past because they’re more… Read more

Developing Effective First Line Leaders

What’s the one best way to develop first-line leaders’ communication skills?   Hint: it’s not just training. Having advised many of the companies that regularly churn out the best leaders, I believe the most effective type of leadership development comes from blending classroom training and on-the-job execution that’s targeted squarely at improving business results that matter…. Read more

Would Jeff Bezos Forget The Customer?

A Facebook post from a former client caught my eye recently. He believes the NFL and a few other groups have forgotten about the importance of customers. “As customers, should we be subjected to self-righteous grandstanding, whether we agree or disagree with a particular point of view?” he asked. Let’s see, what would Peter Drucker,… Read more

Ask Me Anything

I often get great questions from people via email, social media, at conferences and in client meetings. Recently, I received a question from Chris D. who asked about ways to manage two groups of people who need to work together—those who are young, eager and willing to work within a new organization and culture and… Read more

Information Is Critical to Peak Performance

A recent Leadership Report discussed employee engagement and specific conditions that need to be met for people to achieve peak performance. Those conditions are: Line of sight, or the ability to connect my work to results I can affect; Autonomy and involvement, or my ability to take action needed to improve results; Information sharing (there… Read more

Line of Sight: Connecting What People Do With The Results They Create

Our last Leadership Report generated interest in open book management, a concept that represents the purest form of organizational transparency. In this issue,  I want to discuss what high performers do to create line of sight. But first, let me back up. The classic definition of employee engagement is: People share the organization’s values and… Read more