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My New Book, Chapter Two, Part Seven

March 9, 2010

The Importance of Balance We are nearly ready to dive into the inner workings of each of the modes of leadership. But before we can do that, it is important to pause, take a deep breath and focus on the importance of balance in employing the principles of the Leadership Triangle. This balance must be […]

How to Build Trust in Your Organization

February 15, 2010

We talked about basic management issues.  Now we need to unpack the issue that is the absolute foundation of all relationships: trust. Everything about organizations, about communication, managing, teams, you name it, is built on trust. Have you ever noticed that it takes time to build trust in the workplace? As a corollary to this, […]

The Basics: Motivation

January 28, 2010

Motivate the Players Let me say it plain and simple:  You must focus on people’s strengths. In other words, you must let them become more of who they already are. That goes contrary to most management thinking that says, Identify the weaknesses, then coach them, threaten them, send them to workshops, whatever, to make sure […]

My New Book, Chapter Two, Part Six

January 22, 2010

The Leader And The Leadership Triangle You have identified the nature of the leadership challenge. You know the right tool to use. Now, where do you start? As you employ the principles of the Leadership Triangle, you’ll see that the same leader often behaves very differently depending on the nature of the problem he confronts. […]

The Basics: Part 2

January 14, 2010

The Focus of Great Managers             Let’s switch over to some points that Marcus Buckingham makes (First, Break All the Rules). He used to work for the Gallup organization which has done some important research into good management practices.             Remember, we’re trying to get the pieces that are critical to building a work environment […]

Management 101: The Basics, Part 1

January 11, 2010

The Nitty-Gritty Let’s begin with a quiz: • An employee tends to stay with an organization because of that organization’s reputation and the generous benefits package she receives. True or False • As a manager, you need to spend most of your time with your under-performing employees, to bring them up to speed. True or […]

My New Book – Chapter Two, Part Five

December 30, 2009

A Transformational Scenario One of my client churches was located in suburban St. Louis. The then relatively new pastor, who had succeeded a long-time pastor, brought me along side and hired me. The former pastor was the classic chaplain. Warm, compassionate and people-oriented he was brilliant over coffee in the living room and at the […]

My New Book, Chapter Two, Part Four

December 2, 2009

A Strategic Scenario A highly regarded not for profit focuses its mission on arts education in schools in lower income neighborhoods which must often forgo any sort of arts curriculum. The not for profit depends on the generosity of foundations and individuals in the community and an annual grant from the local arts and sciences […]

My New Book – Chapter Two, Part Two

October 23, 2009

My intent is not to introduce yet one more theory. Rather, it is to organize the theories of leadership because I believe that most of them fit into the Leadership Triangle. My hope is to introduce you to a new way of thinking about leadership by starting with the problem, not the solution. The most […]

The Cover Up: Sabotage (Part 7)

September 28, 2009

As we have seen, each one of us has a defining set of values that guides our decision-making. Most of our values remain at the unconscious level. We don’t spend conscious time deciding if the things we see and hear are valuable to us. And once we begin to cross wires and live inconsistently (cognitive […]