What stopped him from doing the right thing? Eventually, I began to assemble a theory. He is flying on business and he is in corporate mode. The hierarchies necessary to keep organizations smoothly encourages some counter-productive behaviors. We become overly concerned with status, even when there is nothing to gain from that status. Who has the best parking space? The better office location? Am I flying coach or business class? If the flight is on Southwest, am I on an aisle seat? Am I important?read more
Most leaders never intend to be the jerk boss. No one moves up the ranks waiting for the day in which they can make their direct reports miserable. Yet we’ve all encountered leaders who exhibit this type of behaviors. So where does it come from? And more importantly, how can you make sure it isn’t you?read more
Is the Feedback on Your Work Behaviors Valid? If you are seen as a high potential leader or individual contributor, you are expected to be open to all sorts of feedback intended to make you a stronger leader or prepare you for the next level of responsibility. Much of this feedback is advice on your behaviors. This type of feedback can seem a bit personal and intimidating. When the high potential asks clarifying questions, the person giving the feedback isn’t always able to provide the detail needed to identify the specific behavior causing the perception. How can you tell if it is valid feedback you should act on?read more
Your direct reports may know you are an amazing leader, but are you certain your boss knows? Too often there is a huge discrepancy between the team’s high ratings of the leader and the lack luster ratings of the boss. With more senior leaders it often stems from allowing the relationship with the boss to become too comfortable and informal. Some of the techniques the leader might have used earlier in their career to ensure they were managing up have been dropped with the false assumption these are no longer needed. Later when the leader is overlooked for promotion, the high potential leader wonders why a less capable leader is promoted. To ensure your boss knows you not only as a trusted part of the team but also as a great leader, reintroduce the following into your communications:read more
It happens all too frequently. You have worked long hours, been given greater responsibility, and know you are capable but still someone else got the promotion. Was your boss playing favorites? Is it because you made some mistake five years ago? Was it politics? Usually these are not the culprits. Most often the problem is within the individual. Here are three common mistakes high potential employees make that lose them the promotion opportunity:read more
Most companies like to keep their succession planning results a tightly held secret. This unfortunately results in most employees not knowing if they are considered a candidate for future promotion. On rare occasion the person is told the leadership team believes they have the ability to be successful at the next leadership levels but the reasons for the selection may still seem vague. So how will you know if you are considered a high potential and worthy of future leadership promotion? There are four expectations of high potential employees that I have seen be constants in the selection of promotional candidates.read more
Two weeks ago, I left 25 years of serving as a corporate leader and I was contemplating what type of client I wanted to work with in my new consulting business. A clear answer immediately echoed in my head – “No Victims”read more
Delegating is a difficult skill to master. Many leaders make it to high levels in their careers and within organizations without ever
mastering this skill. And this can be a big problem! Someone recently asked “Why are some executives so poor at delegating?“
On Delegation and Details We expect that executives should know how to effectively delegate by the time they have gotten to a senior level.
Managing your job and career can be difficult at times. And one of the biggest difficulties for many is managing one element that is
often found to be the linchpin in one’s career: the boss. Many people disconnect from this element because of fear, perceived backlash, or they just were never told to do this. “Managing up” is one of the best ways to ensure a happier, healthier, and more satisfying career because it puts more control in your hands.
How many of us have really screwed up as leaders? How many of us know those were some of the very best lessons we will ever
learn? If we know that learning by mistakes is a good thing, then why are there so many books, articles, and blogs about how to be perfect?
Imperfect Advice Everywhere you turn there is well-meaning advice on how to get flawless leadership.