What We Do InitiativeOne transforms leaders and their organizations, helping them foster high impact work cultures defined by authenticity, transparency, safe environments and deep respect. InitiativeOne propels companies toward improved results by transforming their leaders and their respective teams. We teach them how to function more effectively in an informed age that demands entirely new ways of inspiring and leading people. In a world that no longer views competence or position as the foundation for effective leadership, leaders must learn how to lead through trust, respectful relationships, authentic behavior and pro-active thinking. Our Leadership Transformation teaches leaders how to make this essential transition within aRead More →

Mention the word accountability and most leaders immediately envision a punitive system to address failed commitments and broken promises. At InitiativeOne, we understand that developing a culture of positive accountability requires much more than a scorecard involving measurement, review, and punitive consequences. A culture of positive accountability is the result of an intentional process to create a healthy leadership culture. We have helped many leaders understand and practice five powerful building blocks that transform accountability into a positive experience. First, a culture of positive accountability always requires Impeccable Communication. Aside from the obvious fact that honesty consistently ranks as a non-negotiable trait of effective leadership,Read More →

  The last week of the year rushes in. It’s year-end and the pressure to wrap things up includes numbers of tasks. As a leader, the way you finish this year can propel you to your best start next year. You won’t find any tax advice here, but you may find a few borrowed accounting terms. During my early days of working in a family business, I have vivid memories of physical inventories at year-end. We had multiple maintenance facilities and a diverse fleet of equipment. The arrival of winter signaled the need for an accurate accounting of parts and supplies. We prayed for goodRead More →

  It’s the time of year when strategic thoughts are heightened. Leaders think about strategy and there’s a pretty good chance if you haven’t had one already there will be a strategic meeting just around the corner. Be honest, when you’re staring at that strategic meeting invite, you’re not all that excited.  Strategic planning meetings do not always create raving fans. Instead of an outburst of exuberance, you are more likely to roll your eyes and yawn. The dismal response is not hard to diagnose. People enter meetings with low expectations. They don’t believe a strategic planning meeting will lead to positive change. They don’tRead More →

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Seuss The seasons change. It’s amazing how quickly focus shifts this time of year from gratitude to shopping. As I track the media coverage of online sales, traffic and the crowds and mayhem at the malls, I infer that there will be millions shopping for the perfect “gifts” to give. Leaders give many gifts. I have a fundamental belief that the best leaders are the best givers. Although leadership can be a very complicated endeavor, it’s helps me simplify by reflecting on a few lessons I have learned from others. Today, I stopped forRead More →

  Leaders don’t always have the answers. Sometimes the answers are difficult to deliver. What do Healthy Leaders say when they don’t know what to say? The truth. “Employees want to be a part of a workplace culture that puts a premium on delivering the truth.”  – Glen Llopis Ah yes, the importance of speaking the truth. Truth matters. That hasn’t changed. I can remember reading The Leadership Challenge decades ago. When James Kouzes and Barry Posner reported the results of a monumental survey of thousands of people, I was intrigued.  People were asked to identify the best qualities of leaders they would willingly followRead More →

  Most of us have had the dreaded experience. It’s a cold dreary night. You open the car door, sit down and put the key in the ignition. It’s a mindless exercise. Without thinking, you turn the key or push the ignition button. Your unconscious expectation is interrupted by silence. You expect to hear the engine start. Instead, nothing happens. The battery is dead. There is a momentary pause as you grip the steering wheel, drop your head and roll your eyes. After the initial wave of frustration, you click through your mental checklist. Did I leave my lights on? Was the door ajar? WhatRead More →

There is a Need for Leadership Transformation Organizations do not transform spontaneously. Transformed leaders transform organizations. While most acknowledge the need for change, it remains a formidable challenge to develop leaders who embrace, lead and sustain positive change. In the past few years, global research consistently reveals the most critical challenges facing leaders revolve around the development of Human Capital.1 A number of Management and Human Resources studies have repeatedly shown that Leadership Development at all levels is a high priority.2 Demand for talent is substantial. The volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business landscape requires responsive and effective leaders who are able to adaptRead More →

  You live in a world of unprecedented convenience. Let’s say you want to go to the theatre and watch a movie tonight. You can touch an app, check and see what’s showing, read a few reviews and buy tickets in a matter of moments. For that matter, you could change your mind, decide you don’t want to go out and decide to watch a movie on your phone. You could even share your experience with others. Why not critique the plot, post a review or text a friend while you watch? I have never posted a movie review. I have provided some armchair analysisRead More →

  When Daniel Goleman wrote about the relationship of emotions and behavior over twenty years ago, references to Emotional Intelligence were not all that common. Today, it’s hard to overlook the articles and books that describe one aspect or another of leadership through the lens of neuroscience. Despite all the breakthroughs in science and our understanding of leadership practices, actual behavior remains a challenge. Where’s the progress? The words published by Goleman in 1995 seem a bit ominous. Goleman emphasized the importance of right behavior by reaching back to the ethical writings of Aristotle. “As Aristotle saw, the problem is not with emotionality, but withRead More →