“Nice Guys Can Still Be in Charge”

This comment was made during a meeting with one of my clients. These leaders were frustrated by the actions of some of their junior employees and were venting about how to get them on track for stronger performance. When this comment was made, the tone of the meeting changed.

It’s surprising, but many leaders still believe in the command and control credo. If you bark loudly and authoritatively, your people will fall into line and do what you want.

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Rise Above the Fray

Wouldn’t it be great if we could be given advance warning before facing major problems or setbacks? Obviously, that’s not likely to happen, but leader preparedness can make a big difference in the outcome.

Leaders who rise above the fray will always be more effective than those who succumb to panic. Major problems tend to involve losses that have a big organizational impact, such as losing a key client, a key employee, a key participant in a project….you get the idea. Staying cool under fire is always preferable in these scenarios.

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What Signals Does Your Company Send?

I met with a high potential employee of one of my clients and we had a great conversation about her future opportunities. She loves the company and her boss, and feels empowered to be a self-starter and emerging leader.

After we discussed new opportunities, the conversation evolved to some personalities at the company. She mentioned one senior person whose attitude is patronizing and dismissive. She said, “I understand the culture when everyone is an idiot…but…it gets a little insulting after a while.”

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Will Your Leadership Leave a Legacy?

I recently was a guest on The Complete Leader Podcast, talking about Legacy Leadership. More info and podcast below.

Our guest today is Dr. Lisa Aldisert, who is a NYC-based leadership advisor, speaker and author, and the President of Pharos Alliance. Lisa tells us the ways that leaders can leave a legacy with their teams. She outlines the five key competencies necessary for an influential leader, and how leaders can master these skills over time (and gives us a free worksheet to get the process started). She also makes the case for looking at leadership in a multidimensional way, and the power of helping employees maximize their strengths versus work on their weaknesses.

Do You Listen to Your Brain or Your Gut?

It was 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon and I was on the 16th floor of a non-descript building in the jewelry district of Manhattan, trying to find the office of a laptop repair service. As I walked the hall, I was struck by how desolate and remote it seemed. Why the heck was a computer service office in this dismal location?

I found the office and waited for someone to open the door. The “office” was the size of a large closet and was occupied by one person with very little equipment. My heart sank and my brain immediately went to thoughts such as “front for money laundering”.

Was I going to leave my precious laptop with this unknown person in such a dismal setting? Would I ever see it again? Had I lost my mind?

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