Leadership skills training and team building for technical teams and leaders


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Leadership Styles Miss the Mark

Many leadership experts talk about different leadership styles.  Father of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, describes eight styles, Fast Company co-founder, Bill Taylor, describes four styles, and so it goes.

Early in my career, I would talk about six leadership styles. Two common styles that are negative in their impact, and four styles that should all […]

Why Your Team Needs to Adopt a Culture of Ownership

Introducing Ownership

In his great book ‘Extreme Ownership’, former Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink recounts the painful episode of a friendly-fire, or ‘blue-on-blue’, incident on the streets of Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The ‘incident’ was the result of several communication break-downs and the rapidly changing nature of modern warfare. No single person was […]

Team Meetings – You’re Doing Them All Wrong

Poor team leaders rarely hold team meetings, but holding a team meeting and doing the wrong things isn’t much better. In my experience, many team meetings consist of each team member giving a status report. This is just wrong, wrong, wrong!

Honestly, I don’t understand the logic here. Do these managers think that a status report […]

3 ‘Must-Haves’ for Leadership Development Programs

As I’ve mentioned in many previous articles, it’s all too common for organizations to promote an A-player into management without any plan to help them evolve into their new role. This has always baffled me since most people tend to agree that management requires a very different and specific skill set, which the majority of […]

Want to Enable Your Team Members? Take A Military Commander’s Approach to Delegation

About six hours before the D-Day amphibious landings began on June 6, 1944, about 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne forces were dropped inland. Their overall mission, the opening forays of Operation Overlord, was to disrupt the Nazi forces ability to reach the coast and repel the beach landings. Individually, units were tasked with capturing […]

Six Great Reads for Technology Teams

In my ‘High Impact Tasks for CTOs’ eBook I mention starting a book club as a way to impact organizational culture and drive performance.

There are several benefits to reading the same books for technology team members, including:

Prompting ideas and solutions for organizational challenges.
Developing a common framework for problem-solving.
Building a shared language.

Employee Engagement – It’s Worse Than You Think

The number of employees who are considered ‘engaged’ in their work is pretty horrifying. Gallup’s study of almost 200,000 U.S. employees indicates that a mere 32% are “involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace.” On the surface this number is pretty bad, but it’s actually much worse than you think.


Employees who […]