“Small steps to create urgency have a massive impact.”  This statement really caught my eye in a recent blog post from Piper Harris, an Atlanta, GA based leadership coach. As someone who is naturally action oriented, I have a radar that flashes when I observe a lack of urgency to fix critical problems or to make changes that can have a large and positive impact. It can very frustrating to deal with these delays in action, whether it be with a boss, a colleague, a customer or even with a close friend. How should we define the phrase “sense of urgency”? In his recent book,Read More →

As a leader do you feel like you are “on” all the time while at work, or interacting with employees or customers? You should. Leaders must operate as if he or she are living in a fish bowl. Everyone on the outside can look in and watch you. Every interaction with every colleague, employee and customer, matters and has a spill over effect.  Whether you leave a positive impression or a negative impression, that effect will be shared with others…verbally, electronically or even on social media. Being “on” means that you are consciously thinking about your words, behaviors and body language. When you are “on”,Read More →

It’s time for leaders like us to plan more meaningful, team building experiences for our employees.  As a leader in 2019, it is likely that you have direct reports scattered across different offices, maybe even different countries. And, it is also likely that at least once per year your dispersed team gets together in person for a strategy or planning session. One common element in these in-person meetings, is a segment set aside for “team building”.  Sometimes this segment is during the day, other times it is after hours. I had one boss who loved to plan out of office team-building activities with her directs.Read More →