Your teams are always coming across opportunities, whether they realize it or not. The problem is that many organizations rob themselves of valuable opportunities because they often cannot recognize these chances, don’t have the capacity or capability to take advantage of them, or simply ignore them and let them pass by—wasted possibilities.Read More
A few years ago, one of my clients hosted a bowling outing as a morale/team building activity for her company. We laughed about the experience of bowling especially if you don’t play it often. She recommended that it’s easier to play when you use a lighter ball.
Of course, when I heard this, I thought about how often we do things the “hard way” in the workplace, when using a “lighter ball” would make life so much easier.
From Episode 60 of The Complete Leader Podcast.
Self-management might be one of the most difficult skills a leader has to develop.
The skill plays a significant role in a leader’s ability to lead themselves, especially as the challenges of leadership grow more unique and dynamic every day. But better leaders create more effective business results by multiples, and this is one skill leaders must truly master to optimize their leadership influence.
As a leader, you’ve likely heard that you need to get all the right people on your bus to make progress.
It’s one of Jim Collins’ biggest lessons from his best-seller, Good to Great. But it’s not that simple—as Collins points out, “There are really three parts of this question of the right people. The first is the right people on the bus. Second is the wrong people off the bus. But third is the right people in the right seats.”
Much of our discussion about leadership is within the context of the functional job that you do as a leader. This framework includes attributes such as sharing and acting on the company’s vision, managing a positive professional environment, and providing the support and resources that your staff needs.
There are times, though, when the organization’s vision or direction changes and you face more personal considerations. Read More
In this article, we look at five tips to launch your next innovation, using a proven framework for successful launch and scale.
I have spent a lot of time working with university and industry researchers throughout my career, and the challenge of how to scale and commercialize ideas always comes up. It is not an easy process, especially when pitching your ideas for funding or recruiting other team members. I recently spoke at the sixth annual Nairobi Innovation Week at University of Nairobi to share my framework for successful commercialization. For the students and researchers in attendance—and for any innovator—this framework will help scale ideas.
How do you deliver feedback? Some people embrace opportunities to offer positive accolades for a job well done. Others are quick to criticize what didn’t work well and focus on what needs to be done differently the next time.
Both types of feedback are necessary. You need to acknowledge the good as well as offer suggestions for improvement.
How to effectively communicate, build rapport, and relate to all kinds of people.
From Episode 74 of The Complete Leader Podcast.
Some think that once you’ve read a book or completed a course, you’re done learning a new skill—if only it could be so easy! In reality, there are skills you must come back to again and again throughout your career. These skills, interpersonal skills especially, can take on new meanings, bring new challenges, and offer new ways to advance as leaders.
Three Strategies to Keep Your Best Employees
These famous song lyrics have become a rallying cry of sorts for the workforce, capturing many employees’ mindsets right now, after a few challenging years.
With a multigenerational workforce, competition for a shrinking pool of working-age employees, new awareness around diversity, and a post-pandemic view of the workplace, it can be hard engaging and retaining people. Yet there are a few leading strategies that can help. I think of them as purpose, respect, and support. Let’s look at each. Read More
From episode #73 of The Complete Leader Podcast
If you’ve ever been to one of the night markets in Asia, you might know something about negotiation.
Throughout my career I’ve had the privilege of working all over the world, including in Asia, and I always loved to visit the night markets. A friend once advised me during one of my first trips to offer no more than a quarter—or even a tenth!—of the prices I was told there.