Leading with Trust

4 Surefire Ways to Shatter Your Team’s Trust, Just Like the Chicago Bears

A season that started with Super Bowl aspirations has devolved into one of dysfunction and disappointment for the Chicago Bears football team. The team hasn’t performed up to expectations, coaches and players seem to be at odds with… Read More

Follow Your Conscience – 13 Ways to Build Trust & Credibility

Trust and credibility are cornerstones of successful leadership. You can be the smartest, most technically capable person in your field, but if you don’t have credibility with your team and earn their trust, you’ll never reach your leadership… Read More

8 Ways to Move Your Employees from PowerLESS to PowerFULL

Would your employees say their relationship with you makes them feel more powerful or powerless? Leadership – real, authentic, people-focused leadership – involves helping others discover their sources of power, not suppressing it. So how can I…how can WE… Read More

Be a Fair Leader by Treating Your Employees Like Chess Pieces, Not Checkers

When I was a young kid I used to love playing checkers with my younger sister. Part of the joy came from always beating her, which isn’t much of an accomplishment given she was four years younger than… Read More

3 Warning Signs You’re Leading on Autopilot

I often find myself driving my car on auto-pilot. No, my car doesn’t actually have autopilot (although Tesla is testing one that does!), but I’ll find myself mentally on autopilot. Since the vast majority of time when I… Read More

Leaders Must Identify the Place, Clear the Path, and Set the Pace

If you think you’re leading and no one is following, then you’re only taking a walk. Leadership is about going somewhere. It’s about getting a group of people to mesh their talents, work together, and move from point… Read More

Do You Have the Constitution to Lead?

Do you have the constitution to lead? Leadership is a demanding activity that can test your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical constitution. But that’s not the kind of constitution to which I’m referring. I’m talking about a document… Read More

Leading in a World Gone Social – 3 Tips for Success

We are living in a world gone social. Social media has fundamentally changed the way consumers purchase products and services, the marketing and customer service strategies companies employ, and the way leaders engage with their people. If you… Read More

4 Steps to Living Your Leadership Legacy

Honor. Courage. Humility. Integrity. Loving. Fun. Hero. Those were the words used to describe Dan Hines at his memorial service last Tuesday. I didn’t know Dan that well, having met him just once, but those who knew him… Read More

3 Requirements for Any Successful Virtual Team

If you don’t work as part of a virtual team on a regular or occasional basis, chances are you have colleagues or friends who do. Fifteen years ago it was a different story. I remember asking my boss… Read More

6 Strategies for Helping Your Team Manage Change

You remember the old saying about the only two certainties in life, right? Death and taxes. Well, I think we should add a third: change. Life, by its very nature, requires change. All living things change over the… Read More

Trusting Someone Requires You to Confront These 4 Uncomfortable Truths

No one disagrees that trust is an indispensable ingredient of strong, healthy relationships. In the workplace, high levels of trust increase productivity, efficiency, innovation, and profitability. When trust is low or absent, people avoid risk, decisions are questioned,… Read More