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31 May, 2018

Leadership Thought #490 – How To Avoid Self-Sabotage

By |2018-06-01T19:03:22+00:00May 31st, 2018|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Life, Your Relationships|0 Comments

It seems like almost every day we read online or in print media about another famous person or business leader who commits self-sabotage.  It’s almost as if they can’t help it.  There is something about success which turns certain people against themselves.   You would think getting to the top of the mountain in life […]

26 Apr, 2018

Leadership Thought #438 – Good People WILL Leave Your Organization

By |2018-04-26T18:10:50+00:00April 26th, 2018|Business, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|3 Comments

If you employ people, the reality is that employees will come and go. It is extremely rare that someone will take the entire business journey with you (or that you should want them to). A good company still experiences 10-15% turnover each year. One of my old bosses once told me that "The only certainty he had was that he was there at the beginning and would be there until he sells out or hands off the reigns to someone. More than likely, just about everyone else will come and go at some point. All you can do is strive to maximize the mutual benefit of the employer-employee relationship while they are here. You want to create an environment where good people want to stay, but accept the fact they will eventually leave, often for reasons beyond your control.” At the time I thought this was a bit cynical, but I see his wisdom more clearly many years later (Note: I left).

2 May, 2017

Leadership Thought #486 – Be Wary of Angry People

By |2017-05-08T17:15:19+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Relationships|0 Comments

Whenever you get a disproportionate angry response from someone, there is usually something else deeper going on.  People don’t normally go from 0-60 emotionally in a very short time span unless they are already somewhat vulnerable and/or irritable to begin with.  Moreover, although you may be the target of their invective, they may be trying […]

1 Feb, 2017

Leadership Thought #484 – Regaining Leverage in The Employer-Employee Relationship

By |2017-05-08T17:15:23+00:00February 1st, 2017|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

Employee engagement doesn’t mean coddling or succumbing to every employee need or whim.  Employers, you still and will always have more leverage in the relationship.  Lately, I’ve watched as many of you have allowed your power dynamic to shift upside down. Given the purported dearth of talent and supply of qualified candidates, you are slowly […]

13 Jan, 2017

Leadership Thought #482 – We Need Move Towards Not Away From One Another

By |2017-05-08T17:15:24+00:00January 13th, 2017|Business, Uncategorized, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

We need move towards not away from one another.  I worry that lately we are a culture that has embraced a “divide and conquer” mindset.  Instead of “win-win” we think “win-lose.”  Instead of choosing to co-exist with people who think differently from ourselves, we further and further isolate ourselves from others who could potentially expand […]

5 Feb, 2016

Leadership Thought #458 – Questions To Ask Your Potential Executive Coach

By |2017-05-08T17:15:39+00:00February 5th, 2016|Business, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|2 Comments

Regrettably, I am in a profession where there are minimal barriers to entry and just about anyone (within reason) can claim to do what I do. Just about every week, I meet another person who is billing themselves as a business coach or executive coach and charging a considerable amount of money for something they have no business doing in the first place. More often than not, it is someone who has been downsized from an existing position or exiting a failed business endeavor, an individual who has hit a career brick wall themselves, an academic with free time on his/her hands, an independent consultant looking to supplement their income, or a psychotherapist who has figured out they can charge more money if they change the title of what they do. I shutter sometimes when I think about the bad advice which is regularly disseminated to executives and business owner by often well-intentioned, but under-skilled or poorly trained business coaches. Here are a few questions I recommend you ask before working with someone in this capacity:

4 Sep, 2015

Leadership Thought #209 – 15 Things Employers and Employees Can Do To Make Work More Enjoyable

By |2017-05-08T17:15:43+00:00September 4th, 2015|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|1 Comment

As we approach another Labor Day it's actually depressing how many people dread going to work. I've ready many different statistics some saying as much as 90% of people are unhappy with their job. Since we spend a significant part of our adult life working, this means that most people will spend a good deal of time unhappy or uninspired in their career. I have a hard time getting my head wrapped around this issue. Why would either party to the relationship accept this reality? I guess that is why individuals change jobs so frequently these days. They are searching for something the data says they have little chance of ever finding.

19 Aug, 2015

Leadership Thought #478 – When Technology Tools Can Become A Liability

By |2017-05-08T17:15:46+00:00August 19th, 2015|Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

I remember when cell phones were a bit of a novelty but then became a regular everyday tool. It was almost as if the world couldn’t have existed without them (but it did). Many technology tools have arrived since then and followed the same trajectory of becoming completely indispensable until something better came along. Now […]

15 Apr, 2015

Leadership Thought #473 – The Disease of Half-Listening

By |2017-05-08T17:15:50+00:00April 15th, 2015|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships, Your Words|0 Comments

As part of my work, I am in a lot of meetings and conference calls.  It’s amazing and somewhat disheartening at times to see how the quality of these interactions can vary. There are moments where it feels like everyone is “dialed-in” and paying rapt attention, but these are few and far between. More often […]