Play your Role at the Right Altitude

Do-manage-lead represents different altitudes or levels of engagement in your approach to work. Team leaders who are supervising others should abandon the do level — hands-on tasks — in favor of managing through the use of interpersonal skills, that is, developing others and themselves to get work done.  In this video, Erica Peitler explains the Read More »

Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership

Why would anyone follow you? Barry Posner asserts that we follow people we believe are credible – competent, honest, forward-thinking, and inspirational. People will not believe the message, if they don’t believe in the messenger. Credibility is the foundation of leadership. Barry Posner is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Read More »

Influence Comes from Trust

Influence comes from trust. Trust comes from vulnerability, e.g., “I don’t know; what do you think?” People who are asked are more engaged. In the video, Sue Powell tells of a boss who asked everyone for his or her opinion, but were told to act as if the final decision were theirs. After viewing the Read More »

Before You Start Something New

Before you start anything new — a retreat, a job, a board commitment — ask questions like, “Why did you take this job?” “What would motivate you to stay?” “How would I know you need help?” etc. Only then should you talk about goals. That will improve retention.  In this video, Shari Harley encourages focusing Read More »

How to Reduce Gossip

People are reluctant to say something to your face because they were told as children, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Tell people closest to you that you encourage direct, honest feedback of all kinds, including negative. You won’t freak out.  In this video, Shari Harley, discuss how allowing people Read More »

Effective Meetings Require Structure

Meetings require structure to be effective. Using the PALPAR acronym makes it easy to frame discussion and produce better results. In this video, Dr. Richard Lent describes the benefit of PALPAR meeting tool. P – “Present” your topic or decision A – “Ask” a couple of questions to guide feedback L – “Listen” to feedback Read More »

Setting Goals in Four Dimensions

In this video, Allison Rimm discuss setting goals to create life balance.  Write down your priorities for the short, medium, and long terms in four major categories: your career, your relationships and family, your role in the community, and as caretaker of your mind, body, and spirit. Review and re-balance the priorities periodically. After viewing Read More »

Listening as an Ally

So often, we listen as critics, seeking out the flaws in others’ ideas. What if we tried listening as an ally? Based on his latest book Opening Doors To Teamwork & Collaboration: The 4 Keys That Change Everything, author and organization development pioneer Fred Miller looks at the ways in which this simple change in Read More »

Connect Vision to Action

Only about 30 percent of change efforts succeed. To beat those odds, increase productivity five-fold by ensuring that employees are at their peak. This occurs when the basics of project management are present, execution is high, and people have a sense of meaning.  In this video, Scott Keller will discuss what takes people from vision to Read More »