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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Power of an Elite Team Identity

In a previous blog post, I discussed the idea of focusing on team identity rather than worrying about the difficult issue of culture. The efficacy of this approach is based on Social Identity Theory, which […]

Developing a Compelling Team Mission Statement

Most management theorists and leadership experts agree that high performing teams are built around a compelling and engaging mission (sometimes called a vision or purpose). This mission is the core purpose for the existence of […]

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