Culture

The Leader’s Imprint

Every interaction with a leader leaves an imprint. Think about how we respond to a leader who is calm and confident in the midst of a crisis. Even when the situation calls for panic or fills us with uncertainty, a calm, confident and caring presence can bring the situation back into focus. We’re able to Continue reading The Leader’s Imprint

The Avoidance Culture

“I’m just trying to stay off the radar.” “I’m keeping my head down.” “I’m not saying anything.” We generally hear this in an organization where people are just trying to survive. They have come to believe that raising your hand means getting dumped on or having it cut off. The focus is on avoiding risk, Continue reading The Avoidance Culture

“Yes, You Do Want to Go There” Why Leaders Should (but often don’t) Ask the Hard Questions

You don’t want to go there. And you really need to go there. Organizations are full of dark currents. Words left unsaid in the moment they were needed. Now rising up unresolved from the corner conversations. Hanging in the air like clouds full of lightning. Until they burst on the scene unexpected. Crashing through our Continue reading “Yes, You Do Want to Go There” Why Leaders Should (but often don’t) Ask the Hard Questions

10 Leadership Villains That Will Multiply Your Problems

Ever met one of these villains? They use their super powers to block progress and enable problems. Perhaps you even have a few lurking in your organization. The Avoider Pretends the problem isn’t happening in the hope that it will  go away. The Executioner Uses problems as an opportunity to assert power by blaming others Continue reading 10 Leadership Villains That Will Multiply Your Problems

Dealing With Leadership Debt

Leadership debt. You feel it in the culture. You hear it in the communication. You taste it in the conflict. But even more there this gnawing sense of anxiety. It feels like a void. Like the strands that should be connecting the organization are missing. Every movement is a struggle. Survival mode. Negativity saturates the Continue reading Dealing With Leadership Debt