June 15, 2015

EFFECTIVE LEADERS understand human nature, and they create connections even in difficult situations. For example, when promoted to lead an organization, one of our colleagues named Ellen inherited an adversarial culture. In this new job, she would lead and manage brilliant scientists who were working on different research projects, and each research group was very […]


April 23, 2015

Eva is my favorite waitress at my favorite restaurant where I sometimes meet my favorite colleagues for business dinners. I know I can trust Eva for consistent, attentive, and quiet service. But it was the night when everything fell apart that my regard for Eva’s work ethic was tested. That night might have been a […]

Federal Leaders’ Puzzle: It Can Be Solved

March 7, 2015

Turbulent waters of uncertainty have threatened our government’s workforce for some time. Now, the problem is exacerbated by federal budget cuts. With everything that’s happening, many government executives realize they can’t afford to go another day without attending to the human potential within their enterprises. Decision makers want and need to know how to energize […]

Goodbye to Vivian: Hello to Finding, Keeping, and Leading Superstars

February 18, 2015

Many years ago when I was an emerging leader working for a different company, I was part of a team that actively recruited a young, brilliant social scientist. Recruitment of Vivian (aka Viv) took place over three years during the time when she completed multiple summer internships. At the point Viv was ready to graduate […]

Soar Higher With Your Team: Imagine. Navigate. Motivate.

January 13, 2015

My colleague, Ron, was the associate commissioner of a federal agency at a time when the government was undergoing extensive cuts and downsizing. As a leader, one of the things in Ron’s domain of responsibility was a production line in which information was gathered by one person and passed on to others for processing. If […]

Steer a Leading Course: 3 Tips to Navigate Technology Transitions

December 30, 2014

Enterprises can no longer function without new technologies. Leaders who hesitate to implement new solutions can get lost in our networked world and scramble frantically, surrounded by forces too powerful to navigate. But, it’s natural to hesitate when someone insists on making a staggering investment in a new technology initiative. Why? Customer dissatisfaction with technology […]

Win the Game: 3 Ways Leaders Take Aim to Achieve Bold Goals

November 12, 2014

Winning leaders inspire and enable their workforces to achieve big bold goals. This requires a mindful and conscious shift in perspective and action. This shift relies upon a powerful vision that includes engaging people at all levels. Otherwise, performance improvement efforts will go nowhere. Where do effective leaders begin when it comes to motivating people […]

Fit for Success: Savvy Leaders Create Perfect Matches

October 7, 2014

If you are a leader, chances are that you would love to have stellar people knocking on your door to join your team, stay long-term, and make a meaningful contribution to your organization during their entire tenure. But, how do you hire the best people who match up with the career opportunities you have to […]

Breakfast of Champions: Great Leaders Know the Magic Ingredient

September 5, 2014

What could we achieve with no money and no resources? Here’s some food for thought.   My friend Dave, CEO of a large company, took a series of classes to enhance his leadership abilities as part of an intensive leadership effectiveness program. Participants traveled to different cities for each class. One of Dave’s classes was […]