A Development Agenda for Senior Leaders

This past week I had the pleasure of teaching a leadership program for a large bank.  The leaders in the program were terrific – they were bright, curious, engaged and motivated to learn (which is always a blessing in this business!).  One thing that struck me was how knowledgable they were about a) what’s going on in the world, b)... read more

How Transparent is Your Leadership?

Here’s an under-rated leadership skill – transparency.  Transparency is the art of sharing information, or telling someone what you’re really thinking.  As a leader, your people are looking for you to be honest and forthright… in fact, they expect it.  How’s that for high standards?  From the very moment you assume a leadership position, you’re expected to be perfect in... read more

The Relationship Between Character & Success

I recently came across an interesting take on character and success from John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard.  In Bogle's book Enough: True Measures of Money, Business and Life, he laments that we’ve created a culture where greed is good and our heroes are people who have achieved outsized success (notably measured by the size of their  salary/house/cars, etc).  He raises an... read more

Is Organizational Democracy the Next Big Thing?

One of the great things about being an independent consultant is you get to meet a lot of really cool people.  I had that opportunity again today, when I met Traci Fenton, Founder and CEO of WorldBlu, a non-profit organization dedicated to a very unusual mission – organizational democracy. WorldBlu was formed in 1997, and is pioneering a new mindset and... read more

The Power of Likeability

Nearly 30 years ago, while working for Bob and Joyce Hogan in graduate school, I learned about a concept that has stayed with me to this day – something Bob called likeability.  According to the extensive personality research that the Hogan’s helped make popular, likeability is that “special something” that certain people have that causes other people to, well, like... read more