As a leader, you have choices about how spend your time. If you don’t choose deliberately, you probably get sucked into producing, and managing, rather than leading. Here are some steps to put a little more leadership in your day, week, month, and year.
We talk constantly about unmanageable workloads, but it’s actually the mental and emotional work that’s wearing us down. Learn how to reduce your thoughtload so you can get through your workload more efficiently and effectively.
I’m deep into writing my new book and I’ve had an epiphany: Organizations are built to require conflict while employees are built to avoid it. I see this impact of this problem every day, but it took me 20 years to name it. Now it’s so clear. We have set up a fundamental tension between […]
I’m usually the one urging managers to delegate more. Too often, you get way into the weeds and cause all sorts of damage. There is one important exception to that rule. It’s complete abdication of your responsibility as a leader when you delegate prioritization to the people below you. Make the hard trade-offs to get […]
At least once a day I hear someone talk about the importance of balance. Balance is the elusive state of having two or more things in the right proportion or the right emphasis, amount, or weight. CEO’s talk about balancing revenue, cost, and customer satisfaction. Managers talk about balancing the tough messages that create accountability […]
You make decisions each and every day about what is the most important priority for your team. At least I hope you do. But I’m starting to worry that many managers aren’t making these decisions. Instead, they’re waiting to make a decision until it’s clear which one single thing is the most important. They’re waiting […]
“We’re smart people, we kick off a lot of ideas.” This was a quote from a participant in the Cascading Strategy workshop we delivered last week. We were in the midst of a discussion about clearing out some low value work to make room for the new strategic priorities when this SVP admitted that he […]
We’re helping a group of senior leaders prepare to cascade their corporate business strategy down into their departments. I’m putting the materials together and thought I would take a moment to share the ideas with you. I can’t cover a half-day workshop in one post, but I can focus on one element that I think […]
This is the final post in a short series explaining why my new firm is called 3COze (rhymes with “she goes”). The name links directly to our mission statement: “we will radically transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute so they can achieve amazing things together.” In the first three posts over here at […]
I was giving a speech to the top 400 leaders at a hospital last week. In the Q&A period, I received many great questions, including: “how do I say no to a good idea brought to me by a team member?” You can skip right to the infographic at the bottom or read the full […]