As members of the millennial generation enter the workforce in increasing numbers, attempts to describe the impact are increasing. How is this generation different from previous generations? Have values and motivations shifted? There is no shortage of questions and answers swirling around. We live in a world where rapid change has become the norm So, we are accustomed to considering how these changes impact organizations and leadership into the future. One description of millennials is an attention grabber. It’s always dangerous to paint an entire generation with a broad brush, but when a term surfaces frequently, it’s worth consideration. The millennial generation is  known forRead More →

So, a part of your day will be spent wading through content. How will you choose to split your time among the 150 million blogs on the Internet? By the way, thanks for reading this one. In the midst of sharing, linking, liking and writing it’s easy to get lost in all the content. As the torrent of information floods into your world, two messages have become critical. First, the message directed to those who push content is “Find your voice!” On the marketing side, it’s sounds like just another slick mantra for grabbing attention. Stand out! Set yourself apart! But, the truth is, someRead More →

Did you ever attend a state fair when you were a child? When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait until September. The state fair signaled the end of summer and the beginning of fall. I loved the cooler temperatures, the carnival rides and the fun house. There was always an array of carnival mirrors. My favorite mirror was the one that made me look taller. I knew it was an illusion. But, it was still fun for the moment. I could pretend that I was seven feet tall. In simple terms, there are two types of mirrors: those that provide an accurate reflection andRead More →

So, what’s your take on Mondays? Maybe you show up humming, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” If you’re too young to know the tune, you might want to check it out. Although we live in a 24/7 world and leadership does wait on a signal from a calendar, Monday remains the moniker for the symbolic beginning of the workweek. As such, it’s a great time for a leadership self-check. How’s your attitude? Did you begin the week with energy or dread? Is the vision forecast clear, partly cloudy or are you straining to see through a dense fog? A little variety inRead More →

Is it possible to lead in “Real Time” today? How often during the day do you deal with the unexpected? Suddenly, your day takes a turn. You feel emotionally hijacked by a sudden interruption that requires your attention. Immediately, you begin to feel the pressure to provide an answer. Recognizing and cultivating a sense of urgency is one of your prize virtues. The gnawing pressure to answer comes from a gut level belief that if you were a really good leader you would be able to respond in Real Time. But what does Real Time mean? Most definitions of Real Time begin with a connectionRead More →

“Culture Change” is one of those nebulous phrases often tossed around today.  The challenge is getting one’s arms around it quickly and succinctly. When we discuss culture, we are referring to the overall environment that directly influences the performance and results of the organization.   The corporate culture of any organization is the byproduct of the behaviors, attitudes, and values exhibited by key leaders toward others over time.  Culture directly impacts the morale, trust, engagement and confidence in the leadership by those at the “grassroots” level, It can be a company’s most powerful asset or it can be its greatest weakness. Leaders often make the mistakeRead More →

On a recent plane trip I was seated with a couple and their twin toddlers. Although most people would dread this seating arrangement, my family has caused our fair share of travel drama in the past, so I believe I have a responsibility to help new parents in any way that I can, even if it is through simple reassurance and encouragement.   During the course of our flight, the mother, whom I will call Clara, shared that both she and her husband were entrepreneurs. The two of them had been quite successful as a team and had postponed the opportunity to have children untilRead More →

In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, the Phantom who has hid himself, his disfigurement and his true talents in the depths of a Paris opera house, desires the love of the beautiful leading lady Christine. He uses tricks and fear to manipulate Christine and others in an attempt to obtain this. But instead, he is hunted down and captured. Only when his mask is removed and his true self is shown with all his flaws, does he get his true desire: a heart-felt kiss from the beautiful Christine. This story has many parallels to stories of leaders charged with creating change within theirRead More →