Leadership Skills

feedback

The Hard Gift of Feedback

Feedback is a gift. It is an opportunity for personal development and ultimately leadership development. And, it is hard; Very hard. Not sure which is harder, giving feedback or accepting it. Recently I was with a small group of Vistage Chairs, several of us long-tenured, and we were discussing this…
Organizational Context

Organizational Context = Culture

We began this series with an invitation to think about context in 3 dimensions: for yourself, as an individual, as you live your life (Part 1) for your most important conversations and relationships, and (Part 2) for your organization as a whole. We’ve already covered individual (personal) and interpersonal context. …
context

Why Context in Relationships Matters

Part 1 of this series covered individual (personal) context.  This blog focuses on interpersonal context; that is, the context you create related to your most important relationships and most important conversations. So what, exactly, is meant by interpersonal context?  I invite you to consider and reflect upon the following workplace…
moments

It’s All About The Ride

Occasionally there are small moments in life that leave a lasting impact. As I think about my intentions for the new year, I am reminded of one of those small incidents, years ago. I was sitting on a bench at the old Union Station. An old man sat down next…
context

What is Individual Context and Why You Should Care

In my work, I have the privilege of working with thousands of successful, highly motivated, ethical and well-rounded leaders every year.  One of the most important issues we cover, no matter what the industry or type of organization, is context.  Why?  Simply put:  Because if you’re not able to purposefully…
Authentic

How to Be an Authentic and Conscious Leader

As I started immersing myself in the research, I realized that (like many desirable ways of being), authenticity is not something we have or don't have. It's a practice - a conscious choice of how we want to live. Authenticity is actually a collection of choices, choices that we make…
ego

Is Your Ego Well Diversified?

What does it mean to diversify your ego? Does that even make sense? In the investment world, diversification is de rigueur. Anyone who works with an investment advisor has heard him talk about the benefits of holding a diversified portfolio. The reasons are pretty straightforward, asset classes typically move differently and…
Beaulieu

Change is Coming…

Vistage economist, Alan Beaulieu, CEO of ITR, issued a simple warning in recent days “It’s been a good year, but there is a change coming,” he said. “Things are going to slow down.” For those of us who follow ITR, we know the recession Beaulieu expects next year is one that he’s been forecasting…
inclusion

How Inclusive Is Your Business? Take the “Airplane Seat Exercise” to Find Out

There is a buzzword regarding diversity efforts: "Inclusion". All buzzwords suffer from the same fate; they become so widely overused that they lose their meaning. Let’s investigate the definition of inclusion. While diversity efforts of an organization attempt to recruit members with varied demographics, psychographics, life experiences, etc., an inclusive attitude…
Broadcasting

What Attitude Are You Broadcasting?

We, like a television signal, are broadcasting our attitude to everyone around us each day. Most people, and I'm guilty sometimes, broadcast negative feelings. I recently spoke in New York City, at a company in Times Square. Before going up into the office building for my meeting, I watched some…
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