Month: May 2016

One strategy to avoid micro-managing

I often blog about the perils of micro-managing, most recently Perfectionists are micro-managers (and lousy leaders) and Here’s what micro-managers shouldn’t do.  Today, I thought I’d offer up another proven idea to avoid the trap of micro-managing – participate, at least to some degree, in the training of your employees.  Think about it, the necessity […]

Leaders, do you solicit and listen to negative feedback?

I’ve often blogged about how leaders can give negative feedback more effectively (including this post: Five things every leader should know about giving negative feedback).  But a recent event caused me to consider how good leaders are at soliciting and listening to negative feedback. Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. My dad used […]

Analyst versus leader – it’s important to know the difference

Back in December 2012, I penned this post titled You can’t read the label from inside the bottle, which highlighted the danger of getting bogged downed in the details instead of seeking a big picture view  Recently, I observed an interaction between a supervisor and one of his employees that brought this issue to mind […]

I versus We – both are powerful in different situations

In my leadership and communication programs, I often teach how to use “I” language to reduce defensiveness in others, particularly when trying to convey a message that may be perceived as negative.   “I” language is a very powerful communication tool in certain situations, but I am often asked – Why not “we”?  Good question!  So […]

Positive change doesn’t come from watching, it comes from doing

I often blog about the difficulties that arise when trying to make positive change, both at a personal and professional level, most recently in this post – Leading change you don’t agree with? Rise above your emotions.  So here is yet another viewpoint on this continuing leadership challenge. Has this ever happened to you? You […]