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Category: Leadership Matters

2020 Vision: One Thing Leaders Must See Clearly in the Coming Year

As a young consultant several years ago, I worked with countless organizations that had dubbed their long-term planning efforts ‘2020 Vision’ – cleverly combining the idea of clarity with the nearly mythical future date. These plans tended to focus on innovative new products, yet-to-be-developed markets, game-changing go-to-market strategies, and tantalizing technologies. As that mythical time…

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Virtual Leaders Should Worry Less About Connectivity and More About Connections

Virtual teams — once a novelty — have now become the norm. Last year, 43% of American employees reported working at least some time remotely. Remote work makes good business sense. Removing geographical constraints allows businesses to source the best available talent. That talent is frequently more focused, engaged and productive than their co-located colleagues. And,…

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Momentum as a Management Strategy

“Every body perseveres in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed ” — Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion Leaders looking for an edge in today’s complex and competitive business environment need look no further than physicist…

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It’s Time to Recalibrate Your Career Conversation Cadence

Short on time but committed to helping your employees develop and grow? Watch this 3-minute video based upon my classic article, Developing Your Employees is Like Brushing Your Teeth. Growth, learning, and career development continue become increasingly important requirements of employees in today’s workplace. In fact, in a recent study I conducted, career development was…

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4 Practices to Foster Psychological Safety

Sadly, the news is filled with tragic and unsettling stories about the state of our schools’ and workplaces’ physical safety. The issue is complex, multifaceted, and will likely be debated for some time. Many managers and leaders are feeling immobilized, unable to take meaningful action. There is, however, one dimension of safety over which leaders…

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Truth About Employee Development

What Does IDP Stand for in Your Organization?

The human resources lexicon suggests that the universal definition of IDP is individual development plan, the process whereby leaders and employees engage in career and professional planning conversations designed to promote growth, engagement, retention and results. But, in too many organizations, IDP also stands for ‘indifferently declining to participate.’ Busy managers and leaders struggle to…

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