4 Strategies to Battle Depression

In almost any adventure story the hero faces what many have called “the dark night of the soul”. For Frodo in Lord of the Rings, it might be the dark and creepy caves into which he follows Gollum. In Star Wars, it might be the swamps in which he is schooled as a Jedi by […]

Five Practical Steps to More Emotionally Healthy Leadership

“So, I know I need to be more self aware and have more self management, but how? What good is it if I have social awareness if I don’t know how to start and build healthy relationships? If it doesn’t help me find and improve my relationships right now, I don’t want to waste my […]

Bad Management is Killing your Potential

XM Performance Truth:   If you are not learning and growing, you are falling behind I am working through a book called Humans are Underrated, by Geoff Colvin.  A fascinating study on the power of people in groups and how to unlock the collective intelligence of your team.  Read this Book!! “Not even ancient, inherent strengths […]

Keeping Your Best Employees!

There is an old marketing adage that says your best clients are someone else’s top prospects.  In today’s market we have a new one: XM Truth:  Your best EMPLOYEES are someone else’s top prospects. In the current positive economy, most of our clients are suffering from indigestion; too much work and too few workers to deliver […]

It’s Not Me It’s You

Conversations in the marketplace are filled with chatter about the Millennials.  Entitled, no work ethic, snowflakes; just a few of the less-than-endearing terms being used to describe this generation. In today’s hot economy, most of our clients are struggling to hire the talent they need to manage growth.  The best prospects for our increasingly technology […]

Turning the Transformation Flywheel

In his book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, author Jim Collins introduces “The Flywheel Effect” at the center of what he calls the “inflection point” of how organizations transform from “good” to “great”. Essentially, after all his research, he says that the key to transformation of “good” organizations, […]

Impossible becomes Inevitable

“Impossible becomes inevitable through leaders who will not accept things as they are.”  Condoleezza Rice Three steps for leaders to get organizations moving from Impossible to Inevitable. #1:  Make everyone on the team uncomfortable, dissatisfied, and unfulfilled with your current levels of performance.  It should be unbearable, even shameful, to maintain the status quo. #2:  […]

Change is hard, Status Quo is harder

I recently noticed that when talking about the need for change with a new acquaintance that most people actually will agree that change is necessary.  So, why do we tend to resist it so strongly?  Here are 2 reasons I just made up.   “Someone else” needs to change before me. “It’s the banking system.” […]

An Inconceivable Truth About High Performers

I am reading Adam Grant’s book Give and Take this week.  Grant quotes research where leaders of soldiers, CPAs, students and engineers were given detailed personnel assessments on everyone on their team.  The data identified the few that had the highest potential.  A year later these high potential employees and students were outpacing and outperforming […]