Steve’s Leadership Blog

Building a Winning Culture

Building a Winning Culture Much of this you already know and do… after all, you’re running a successful business or group. However, it bears reminding that there are 3 keys to building a winning culture – and they’re both simple and hard at the same time. Simple, in the sense that we know the blueprint of winning cultures; hard, in that... read more

What’s Your Primary Motivation?

Primary Motivation: Do You Know What Drives People? In my work as an executive coach, leaders often tell me they can’t “figure out” their boss or colleague. They experience the end result of the interaction, but can’t explain what is driving the behavior. They’re having trouble relating to or understanding the person, or they can’t seem to influence or build... read more

Is Success a Greater Teacher Than Failure?

 There is a growing body of research that connects neuroscience to leadership - and one of the more fascinating discoveries is that the brain can “rewire” itself based on experience, something scientists call neuroplasticity. Recently, a team at MIT published a study documenting a popular form of environmental feedback that may trigger this rewiring – success.  Of particular interest was... read more

What Motivates Your People?

Twenty years ago, most leaders might have answered that question with a single word – money. They’d have been wrong… dozens of surveys have shown that compensation is no higher than 4th or 5th on the list of what motivates us at work.  Rather, things like recognition, challenging and interesting work, and a compelling corporate mission have been proven to... read more

The Mt. Rushmore of Development Opportunities

In all my years of coaching executives, I’ve come across some consistent development themes and behavior patterns. Some of these challenges are easy to identify and craft development plans for, such as communications, developing talent, public speaking, conflict resolution, presentation skills, and listening more effectively.  All of these opportunities have one thing in common: there exists a fairly broad understanding... read more