Leading Gen Y: The Importance of Importance

As someone who is not motivated by a pay-check, I struggled when I first entered the work world. Well, not at first. First, I interned for a start-up and I thrived in that environment. It was a lean, busy, fast-paced environment where all the work being performed by each individual was absolutely necessary. Then I […] Read moreRead More»

Why Leading the Herd Diminishes Effectiveness

As a leader you’ve likely noticed how people tend to fall in with the opinions of the herd. Or many herds? That’s not always good to see. It happens because our unconscious mind rewards us with a pleasure response every time we side with the herd. Our mind also sends an error message, or a […] Read moreRead More»

Question Authority! (Then Listen to the Answers)

I forget where I first heard the rallying cry Question Authority! I mean, I’m a sixties person. I had it on a sweatshirt, on my college notebook (kids, this was a primitive device that required pen, paper, and handwriting) and on the stickers we pasted on phone booths. (Oh my… How do I explain ‘phone […] Read moreRead More»

Who Are My Heroes? Young Millennial Leaders

I bet you’re asking yourself if I’m nuts. I am. And I’m happily addicted to these kids too! The stereotype of Gen-Y/Millennials is one of entitlement. There certainly are those who fall into this category and I’d submit there are plenty of Baby Boomers too (hum…look at Washington DC’s problem openly discussing Medicare and Medicaid!). […] Read moreRead More»

Appreciating Diversity and Differences Builds Effective Teams

One key to developing strong and effective teams is the ability to appreciate the benefits of the differences each team member presents. Those differences can confuse, frustrate and cause misunderstandings – OR – they can be illuminate, broaden our horizons, provide growth, and help us to gain new insights. Achieving our organizational goals can often […] Read moreRead More»

Leadership Is a Social Business

Somewhere along the line, leadership forgot who it was leading. Leaders are often selected based on their business acumen and “results,” – not necessarily their ability to lead people. Unfortunately, the ability to produce results as an individual does not always scale to effectively lead others. In addition, leadership development has evolved to focus on […] Read moreRead More»

It’s Time for Honesty About Diversity

The topic of diversity is very popular; so ever-present that the word has almost become cliché. People hear “diversity” and dismiss conscious thought, relying instead on whatever stereotypical notion they have about the topic. How did things get this way? First, we have a very real diversity problem with glass ceilings everywhere. Second, there exists […] Read moreRead More»

3 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Gen Y

A third of U.S. employees feel chronically overworked. 52% of U.S. families say work interferes with their family or home responsibilities. More than 54% of U.S. Americans say they will look for a better job once the economy improves. I could prattle on with statistics like the above. Let me first give you context for […] Read moreRead More»

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