Leading with Trust

Stop Measuring Employee Performance and Start Evaluating This 1 Thing Instead

Your performance reviews are doing very little to impact the results of your organization. Although they are an annual ritual in most organizations, the traditional performance evaluation of whether an employee “meets” or “exceeds expectations” or “needs improvement”… Read More

Quit Trying to Motivate People and Focus on These 3 Things Instead

What if I said you were wasting your time trying to motivate your employees? Would you think I’ve committed leadership heresy? Would you say I’ve gone off the deep end and lost touch with the reality? Maybe I am… Read More

5 Strategies to Cultivate a Healthy Leadership Spirit

Leading in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world takes its toll on the best of us. If we aren’t careful, the stress and difficulty of leadership can quickly become a burden that negatively shapes our perspective and… Read More

5 Warning Signs You’re Leading With a Wounded Spirit

Being a leader can be rough business and it’s not for the faint of heart. You’re constantly in the line of fire, not just from those outside your team, but often from within as well. If there is… Read More

2014’s Top 10 Posts: Why You Don’t Trust People, When to Fire Someone, and More

It’s hard to believe we’re about to tie a bow on 2014 and unwrap the present that will be 2015. This past year has seen a 29% growth in viewership for the Leading with Trust blog! I’m grateful… Read More

Santa Reveals His 7 Secrets for Building a High Performing Team

Toiling in anonymity for 364 days of the year in the far reaches of the North Pole is the highest performing team known to man. This team labors all year in preparation for the one night when their… Read More

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

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