Failure Lesson Three: You Communicate like Charlie Brown’s Teacher

If you’ve ever seen a Charlie Brown cartoon, you’ve probably seen this schoolroom scene – Charlie Brown and his friends are in the classroom and Miss Othmar addresses the class.  However, in the comic strip’s history, she’s the teacher that has never been seen only heard by the audience.  In fact, we’ve only heard “wah,Continue reading “Failure Lesson Three: You Communicate like Charlie Brown’s Teacher”

Failure Lesson Two: Three Sure-Fire Ways to Lose Your Credibility

Our Leadership Failure series continues this week with a focus on credibility. It’s a trait that connects to so many other leadership attributes such as reputation, reliability, and confidence, to name a few. So as we draw attention to behaviors that prevent success, let’s look deeper at three areas that require intentional focus by anyoneContinue reading “Failure Lesson Two: Three Sure-Fire Ways to Lose Your Credibility”

Being Real with Your Employees: They Can Handle It

2010 is quickly coming to a close. And as organizations prepare for the coming year, the reality of the economy’s “new normal” workplace is clearly evident. A “new normal” can mean many different things. For some it means the continuation of employees doing additional job tasks due to staff not being replaced. And for othersContinue reading “Being Real with Your Employees: They Can Handle It”

Are you packing feedback grenades?

In today’s business environment, time is a commodity.  And in the “new normal” of downsized companies and limited resources, many leaders are finding themselves both doing the job as well as managing those who are doing it. So when the need to provide constructive feedback arises, leaders must find a way to have this importantContinue reading “Are you packing feedback grenades?”

The Magic of 30 Minutes with a Five Year Old

I would like to introduce to you a creative, out of the box thinker.  No organization has nabbed him yet, but it’s just a matter of time…about 15 years to be exact. Meet Joey, my 5 year old nephew. How do I know he has imagination? I spent 30 minutes alone with him in aContinue reading “The Magic of 30 Minutes with a Five Year Old”