Human Relationships at Work: The Untapped Frontier


“Today we are faced with the pre-eminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships.” —Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1945 Leaders and managers can study, train and be coached. But if they fail to work on their interpersonal skills, they will not succeed when given more complex responsibilities. The […]

Follow the Leader? It’s a New Game!

“Leaders rarely use their power wisely or effectively over long periods unless they are supported by followers who have the stature to help them do so.” – Ira Chaleff, The Courageous Follower, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2003 Organizations are successful or not partly on the basis of how well their leaders lead, but also in great […]

Leading With Values: Walking the Talk

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“Organizations have to have values. But so do people. To be effective in an organization, one’s own values must be compatible with the organization’s values. They do not need to be the same. But they must be close enough so that they can coexist.” – Peter DruckerManagement Challenges for the 21st Century (1999) “Aligning values, […]

Creating an Execution Culture


A Leader’s Most Important Job “Execution is the great unaddressed issue in the business world today. Its absence is the single biggest obstacle to success and the cause of most of the disappointments that are mistakenly attributed to other causes.” ― Ram Charan, author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and Boards that […]

Executive Failure: A Look at the Dark Side


Why have some very smart executives failed in recent years, bringing down whole companies, costing billions of dollars, and causing incredible losses to shareholders, customers and employees? What can be learned to avoid such huge failures? Recent corporate scandals and bankruptcies reveal that some CEOs fail on such a scale that they bring the company […]

A Leadership Checklist: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself


No matter how successful and talented you are, you’ve made mistakes and have acquired some bad habits. Some are old; others have seemingly popped up overnight. Behaviors that may have worked well for you in the past can render you ineffective in the present. Perhaps you’re dissatisfied with your performance review. Maybe you’re bothered by […]

Where Have All the Good Managers Gone?

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Nobody aspires to be a good manager these days. Much attention and resources are devoted to leadership development as everyone wants to be a great leader, yet all leaders have to manage people. The separation of management from leadership is dangerous. Leading without good management results in a failure to execute. Let’s get back to good, strong managing.