There’s been a lot of clamor lately about companies wasting their leadership development dollars. Many do, but that doesn’t mean leadership development is a waste of money. The simple truth is: if you’re not getting the bang for your buck, it’s because you’re doing it wrong. (more…)
The problem is not complexity, effort or difficulty. Its wherewithal. Simply put, if you want it badly enough, you’ll do it, and do it right. If you don’t, you won’t.
There endeth the first lesson.
Retention. Attrition. Turnover.
These are attention-getting words today. It costs too much—and is too damned difficult—to find and hire good people, that finally employee turnover is having its day. It’s about time.
Much of the research, discussions and rhetoric out there is so far beyond wrong as to be simply idiotic. Let’s debunk a bunch of it… (more…)
“…men don’t follow titles; they follow courage.” Braveheart
Are you a courageous leader? Do you really know why people do what you say?
Okay, some of you might think it’s a stretch to call what corporate and government leaders do courageous. I’m thinking of former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s recent admission that he colluded with then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to mislead the public and shape the government’s messaging during the 2008 Lehman Brother’s collapse in a book called – get this – Courage to Act. Heaven forbid we perpetuate the over-inflated sense of self-importance many senior leaders have. (more…)
Courage is a trait possessed by all great leaders. So much so, that without courage, leadership is a farce at best. (more…)
I’m not talking about hand-to-hand, gun-to-gun, charge the hill type of courage. No, bravery in battle is not the same thing as courageous leadership. And make no mistake about it—leaders need courage to be successful.
Nobody wants to follow a coward. It’s that simple. And yes, cowardice is the opposite of courage, no matter how much that word hurts. (more…)