Two Ways to Turn On a Tired Team

Great managers recognize that teams can fall into patterns. Sometimes the patterns are good, sometimes the patterns are not so good. Good patterns create teams that are efficient, effective, and able to accomplish more than a team leader would ever suspect. Bad patterns create teams that do not, or cannot accomplish much of anything without a high degree of stress, …

Four Contacts Great Managers Foster

Great managers are not lone wolf types. There are certain individuals great managers rely on as they go about their work. Here are four “must develop” associations great managers foster. Your Own Manager It doesn’t matter who you are, newly hired or long-time member of the organization, every employee should have a good association with their own manager. This is no …

Responding to Inner Team Conflict

Judging by the number of experiences people have shared with me, there are way too many managers, bad managers, who handle inner-team conflict in only one of two ways. Some bad managers will ignore the conflict. Other bad managers will insist that the team members work issues out for themselves. The former strategy makes no sense. The latter has potential if …

Supervisors, Stretch Yourselves

I’ll start this blog with a secret I don’t usually share (though I suppose I gave a part of this away last week). I’m a closet song and dance man; more the singing, not so much the dancing. Sometimes people in charge get a bit askew in their leading because they haven’t taken time to stretch – to get outside …

Most Important Leadership Lesson: A Conversation with James Kouzes, Co-author of The Leadership Challenge

Just so everyone knows, I don’t typically sport a mustache. I suspect I feel like leading with this because the pictures attached with my posts this week and next show me this way. But this is not my normal look, so don’t get used to it. When this picture was taken I was playing in a local theater production. Something …