Steve’s Leadership Blog

Managing Remote Employees

When traveling around the country to speak to leadership audiences, I often get asked questions about managing remote employees.  Here are a few simple tips that we discuss:

  • Schedule trips to go see them in person (or have them come to you) and leave lots of time to socialize and network
  • Send them updates often - or ask them to... read more

Are You an Authentic Leader?

There are many competencies associated with great leadership, and some take a lifetime to master. However, there is one important trait that every leader should be able to leverage without practice or experience – authenticity. Being an authentic leader means being yourself. Growing up, whenever you faced a new challenge, your parents probably said: “just be yourself”.  Turns out that is... read more

Bad Bosses Can Teach You A Lot

Great news! You know that boss you hate, the one who doesn’t seem to know a thing about leading people?  Guess what – you can learn everything you need to know about leadership if you pay close attention.  Notice everything they do, and then do the opposite.  Remember how well that worked for George on Seinfeld?   Do the opposite, and... read more

50 Lessons

One of the goals of this blog is to bring you interesting and compelling leadership development resources - books, articles, websites, etc., that you can use to improve your leadership skills.  Here's a source that is pretty unique - www.50lessons.com.  What's cool about this site is that it provides short (3-5 minute) video clips of leaders from all over... read more

A Coaching Story

Here’s a quick coaching story that I’ve heard for years from various leaders. This particular version is attributed to Winston Churchill, but I’ve also heard it credited to Henry Kissinger and Harry Truman (perhaps the whole story is just a legend; no matter, it’s still a great story!). Here’s how the story goes… one of Churchill’s assistants was asked to write... read more