Three Things Great Leaders Do. And Do. And Do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw-jQ-_04DI   There are three elements of good leadership that are consistent at every organizational level. From team leader to CEO, when people are following you, your job is to: Cultivate and clarify your vision. Align others with that vision. Execute the vision and get the job done. Everything a leader does falls under one [...]

By | 2018-03-11T19:58:56+00:00 March 11th, 2018|The Work of Leaders, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Facts about Effective Feedback

The Work of Leaders consists of creating vision, aligning others, and executing that vision. Getting your team aligned requires feedback. Execution requires feedback. Each member of your team needs to know what to do more of, what to keep on doing, and what to stop doing. Leaders provide feedback to ensure work gets done on time and on [...]

By | 2018-02-21T13:49:31+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Gut Instinct, and How Leaders Use It

The e-mail read: Can a job applicant alter their personality style profile to influence the results so that their style appears to be more like the style we’re looking for to fill this position?” The rest of the story:  This small company hires customer reps who must be creative, friendly, but also detail-oriented. The company [...]

By | 2017-12-18T04:24:50+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CAUTION! You’re only Five Steps Away from an RBD (Really Bad Decision)

We all make bad decisions. Sometimes the consequences of those decisions are inconsequential. Other times they can be devastating. A few years ago Blockbuster Video had the opportunity to acquire a little start-up (Netflix) for a paltry 50 million dollars. They decided not to. Really Bad Decision. Netflix has recently been valued at 32.9 billion.  Yes, [...]

By | 2017-12-02T04:20:12+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is It Time to Throw Out the Compliment Sandwich?

Bored? Looking for a little excitement? Try googling, “Compliment Sandwich.’  You’ll find a few posts that define it and a bunch of articles on why you should NEVER use one. So, what is a compliment sandwich? It’s placing critical feedback between two positive statements about a person’s performance to lessen the pain or discomfort of [...]

By | 2017-11-27T16:17:25+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Reasons New Leaders Fail from the Start

When front line workers are promoted to leadership they must learn a new set of skills in order to be successful. There are four challenges that will derail a leader at any level if they aren’t addressed.  In my consulting business I have witnessed a lot of train wrecks that could have been avoided if [...]

By | 2017-11-19T15:01:44+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Polenta and Developing Great Leaders in Four Steps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTHL-wsU68o (Four things that Making Polenta and Developing Leaders have in common) Today I made polenta for the first time. It’s an Italian version of grits, only better. A few weeks ago I enjoyed osso buco; It’s the Italian version of roast beef, only better, served on polenta, at my favorite Italian restaurant. It [...]

By | 2017-11-03T16:17:37+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Six Things You Need to Know About Expectations

                                                                                         ---- Ruthie Hast, M.Ed., LPC Expectations are how we hope or anticipate life will be. They encompass all areas of our lives—our work, our relationships, the way our life will unfold. They play a major part in how our goals and general life direction are formed. They're how we are able to envision our [...]

By | 2017-10-23T20:52:36+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cultural Intelligence: What is Your CQ And Why Should You Care?

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2C7Mfft9OY (From Mona Earnest, Speaker, trainer, HR consultant and partner at Encore Life Skills) Yesterday, I taught a course on Cultural Intelligence for the State of Oklahoma Office of Management & Enterprise (OMES). Just as your own Intelligence Quotient (IQ) can be measured, so can your Cultural Quotient (CQ). Harvard Business Review defines [...]

By | 2017-10-11T15:42:31+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments