This blog was a bit challenging for me to write. Forgiveness is a tough topic. It’s another one of those take a look in the mirror issues that makes me stop and think about my “Forgiveness Quotient.” Am I a forgiving person? Do I have the right understanding of forgiveness? Can I accept forgiveness from … More Forgiveness: The “X-Factor” For Successful Leadership
Much of what I have written so far about decision making views the process as a rational one. Identify the issue, gather relevant facts, consider alternatives, good the best one, implement, and then evaluate. Making good decisions in this way is a means of avoiding or at least minimizing the effects of the various subjective or irrational influences that can derail our decision making process. But what about INTUITION? What role, if any, should intuition play in our decision making process, what some authors describe as “the opposite of logical, rational thinking”? … More More Than a Feeling: Intuition and Decision Making
After a bit of a “hiatus,” I’m back with a few more blogs posts about DECISION MAKING. Today, I share another interesting angle on the nature of decision making and how decisions are often made. … More Decision Making: It’s not always the “rational” approach that is the best choice.
This blog entry is one of a series that I plan to share with you about Decision Making. It is a topic that has garnered a lot of attention during the past 20 years. Interestingly, when we started the M.S. in Organizational Leadership Program in 1995, and included in our curriculum a course entitled, “Leadership and … More Decision Making: First Installment
We’ve now reached the final letter in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S Model: S for Stewardship. In my previous blogs I’ve shared the meaning of L for Leadership; E for Ethics; A for Alignment; D for Decision Making; E for Engagement; and R for Resilience. I trust you have found each component of my model helpful and that … More Stewardship: The “S” in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Model
The next letter in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Development Model is D. D stands for Decision-Making. Leaders must humble themselves and acknowledge that they may not be the smartest one on the team, or the one with the best perspective on every issue at all times. Leaders take the time to identify, gather and then analyze the … More Decision-Making: The “D” in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Model
The next letter in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Development Model is A. A stands for alignment. When people clearly understand the vision, mission and strategy of the organization, there is alignment. When employees understand how their job contributes to the fulfillment of the vision and mission, there is alignment. When employees’ personal values are in agreement with … More Alignment: The “A” in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Model.
Change—it’s a word that for some evokes feelings of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. For others, it means a new adventure, an improvement, or a chance to discover something “new and improved.” No matter how we respond to change, in today’s world of work and life, it’s ubiquitous and has no end in sight. Here’s what … More Thinking About Change?
Communication, communication, communication. We’ve all heard and perhaps said it ourselves,” What we need is more communication.” Whether it’s from employees who work at Company A or volunteers for a non-profit agency, when things aren’t going well, frequently the cause is cited as “a lack of communication.” Often those who feel that way may not … More Leadership Communication
Change is the new normal. Gaining and maintaining a competitive advantage requires the ability to respond and adapt to market pressures with agility and speed. Yet most companies fail to achieve successful, sustained change 70 percent of the time. When leaders attend to the relationship between trust and engagement, they increase the success of their … More Trust Creates Engaged Employees