Why invest at the top?

Why invest at the top?

Making the decision to invest in a CEO’s development can be tricky. When resources are scarce or performance is generally fair to good, it can be tempting to settle for the status quo. Unfortunately, that decision can bring dire consequences. Stagnation.  In the...
Whose monkey is it?

Whose monkey is it?

Bob, one of your direct reports, comes into your office, obviously stressed. “The client just found another glitch in the software. They’re threatening to cancel the work.” People come to you with problems on a daily basis. It might be tempting to...
Choose your words

Choose your words

I cringed when I read this post by Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders. It reminded me of many times when I’ve spoken without carefully choosing my words. Most often, the results weren’t awful, like the loss of credibility Hurt examines. However, I know...
The perils of praise

The perils of praise

My kids have an amazing collection of trophies, medals, ribbons and certificates. I agree with the concerns shared by Ashley Merrman, in “Losing is Good for You” at NewYorkTimes.com. She writes about the downside of the “everyone gets a trophy”...
The world needs a new kind of leader

The world needs a new kind of leader

This new kind of leader is all about the greater good. Yes, greater good, even in corporations. What does this new kind of leader believe and do? This new kind of leader recognizes that companies are made of people, and that the people matter most. This new kind of...