Leadership Effectiveness: Leadership in Action

Leadership Effectiveness: Leadership in Action

Have you ever filled in one of those feedback forms online about a hotel, wireless carrier, or rug cleaner and had the sense that your time and effort in giving feedback has gone into a great black hole? A model response is the one I recently received after a visit to Curry Village in Yosemite…

Leadership Effectiveness: Leap of Faith

Leadership Effectiveness: Leap of Faith

When faced with a decision that has no definitive answer, what do leaders do? Sometimes, despite all of our best efforts, we just don’t have a definitive answer. In fact, in most cases, we don’t know beyond the shadow of a doubt what the outcomes of our decisions will be. Many teams, leaders, and executive…

Leadership Effectiveness: Meet Right Or Don’t Meet

In our years of experience shadowing leaders and working with executive teams, we have seen many substandard meetings. The result? Lost opportunity (the executive who did not speak up, leaving her colleagues in the dark as to her position), diminished credibility (the director who tried to lead a meeting after a few too many at…

Leadership Effectiveness: The Courage Of Candor

leadership effectiveness: The Courage Of Candor

One of the hardest things to do in most organizations is “to speak truth to power.” Warren Bennis and James O’Toole in their excellent article, “What’s Needed Next: A Culture of Candor” (HBR, June 2009), argue for both the inevitability and the criticality of transparency in an organization. “Inevitability” has to do with the impossibility…

Leadership Effectiveness: Making a Difference

EXCN has been privileged to work with some exemplary executives over the years and Jacko Maree, recently retired CEO of Standard Bank Group in South Africa, is one of them. High on the list of Jacko’s admired traits are his values and integrity, brilliant mind, and mentoring and leadership ability. Several years ago, Jacko wrote…

Creating an Environment for Success

Effective leaders are people others truly want to follow. They create the environment for other people to be successful and for the organization to achieve its mission and attain profitability. Great leaders focus less on their own ambitions and more on serving others. They conceive and communicate a clear vision, deliver a well-defined strategic plan,…

Teams Pulling Together-Aligning Teams for Results

Blog - Teams Pulling Together-Aligning Teams

As I head off to take part in the Vineman triathlon (my first!), I am reflecting on my four years of watching the Tour de France.  It has become abundantly clear to me that the essence of superior performance in cycling on the Tour is esprit de corps, a key ingredient in aligning teams for…

The Power of Leadership®

The Power of Leadership

Martin Luther King described power as  “the ability to effect change.” When you are in a leadership position you have the potential to make a difference in the world with and through other people.   During this Holiday we honor the men and women who courageously lead to help make the world a better place. As…

Fireworks in the Workplace

Firework in the Workplace

Happy Fourth of July Holiday Week! personal loans for people with bad credit On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, after the Continental Congress had decided to proclaim the American colonies independent from Great Britain, “The day [commemorating this proclamation] will be most memorable in the history of America. I am…

Accountability and Consequences

Accountability And Consequences

As many of you may know, one of billionaire Warren Buffett’s top executives, Denis Abrams, CEO of Benjamin Moore, was given a “pink slip” after he and some of his other senior employees took off on a reward getaway to Bermuda at company expense. According to a NY Post exclusive, Abrams was ousted as CEO…

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