September 18, 2017

Are You Leading A Great Team?

Written by:  Don Hadley Businesses are working to compete more effectively with better people and teams. However, competition is tougher now than it has been in the past.  The world moves more swiftly.  The culture of what is expected is vastly different than it was even three years ago. To be able to prevent problems, overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities, we need to use true teams to make the difference. The Typical Approach Many leaders develop a following […]
August 28, 2017

Passing The Torch

Succession planning can be an intimidating subject for most everyone, but the fact is that it shouldn’t be.  It’s not something that has to be overly complicated nor should it be viewed in a negative light.  If handled properly it can be an amazing experience with new opportunities and optimism in its wake.  As a follow-up to the previous article, “Changing of the Guard”, we would like to leave you with a letter passed on by one of our clients. […]
August 15, 2017

Taking Action, Killing “Joe” and Meetings vs Movies

Written by:  Don Hadley The Primary Problem In organizations, there can be too much talking and not enough doing.  Vision without action (or talking without action) is simply wishful thinking or hallucination. When this sort of behavior is occurring, some leaders tell me “you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink”.  This statement implies that we cannot get employees to take action. That is a cop-out!  The reality for great leaders is that we realize […]
July 28, 2017

The Changing of the Guard: The 6Ps of Succession Planning and Implementation

Written by:  Don Hadley One of the biggest challenges organizations face today is “the changing of the guard”.  The examples below briefly demonstrate how succession (or lack of it) can dramatically hurt or transform an organization: One disaster:  The head of the company was almost 80 years old.  He was having troubling recruiting and retaining leaders that wanted to run the organization.  None of the existing employees, to his knowledge, had the desire, attitude, skills and habit to be able […]
July 21, 2017

Changing The Patterns Of Thinking

Written by:  Don Hadley     As part of our ongoing effort to provide additional value to the business leaders in our community, everyone in our firm was “fired” on a recent Friday and given new titles and priorities beginning the following Monday. While it seems like a drastic tactic to try, the desired effect was achieved. As the newly appointed “Director of Continually Expanding Patterns of Thinking” my approach to things has changed.. Most businesses are struggling with issues […]
June 30, 2017

The Power of Trust

A 2016 survey of CEOs by PWC showed that a strong majority of business leaders — 55%— believe a lack of trust in the workplace constitutes a foundational threat to their company. Source: Forbes Trust is an interesting animal.  It not only involves trusting someone’s intentions, but also their competence in being able to do what they say.  It is more than trust in an individual, but also in ourselves, the process, the world, other people in general, life, etc.  […]
March 9, 2016
Continually Improve Your Leadership Capabilities
  As a leader you must continually build your techniques, capabilities and habits. You need to be able to evaluate honestly where you are, what strengths you have and what you need to work on. Some of the improvements can be external, some internal and at times it is simply awareness of your weaknesses. “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of […]
February 10, 2016
Leading A Small But Effective Team
  We believe that great teamwork is essential to an organization. It enables businesses to achieve goals that an individual working alone cannot. Employees can achieve a higher level of contentment and becoming part of something greater is the very fuel for happiness. In order to create an effective team, we have identified four necessary attributes: Have The Purpose, Value or Charter In Writing If you are going to achieve success, you must start by identifying your purpose, values, or […]
January 28, 2016
Critical Aspects For Creating A Successful, High Performing Team
Have you ever been a part of a TEAM, a true team? Whether it is in your profession, an athletic team, or in your community, chances are that if you have, you remember the experience fondly and it is or was  one of the most rewarding in your life. What is the definition of a team? In the book, “The Wisdom of Teams”, it was defined as “a small number of people with complimentary skills who are committed to a […]
December 29, 2015
Communicate More Effectively With Your Team By Following “The Platinum Rule”
The Golden Rule is something I hear about quite often: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I grew up with that rule, but over the years, it has created much frustration on my part in terms of getting leaders to lead and teams to be teams in a powerful manner. It has also limited the ability and results of leaders and teams in molding culture. It has bogged down processes and allowed strategic plans to […]
December 1, 2015
Winning Isn’t Everything: Conflict Remediation Strategies that Form Relationships, Not Just Settle Disputes
Very few people enter into an argument thinking they’re wrong. In fact, the more I believe I’m right, the harder I fight to get what I want. But is it always the best strategy? Regardless of who is right, are there larger goals that a conflict resolution strategy should be serving? It can be tempting to try to win every fight, or to settle disputes through a hardline approach each time. But conflict – or the wrong resolution – can […]
November 23, 2015
Don’t Copy Kanye: 3 Work Habits That Are Big Detriments to Successful Leadership
Inspiration for leadership comes in a lot of forms. Some people get inspired by reading memoirs of great generals or titans of business. Others go to conferences, where they hear influential speakers and converse with their peers about winning techniques. Sometimes it’s just trial and error. But there’s also another way to take inspiration for your own leadership strategies. Sometimes, all you have to do is look around at the world, see what other people are doing, and say: “Nope.” […]
November 16, 2015
Capabilities Required To Have Good Conflict Or Intense Fellowship
Do you remember talking about the “fight or flight” instinct in school? Have you seen it in action? During a team meeting recently, one person intended to “fight” and as the intensity of the interaction increased, it led to another team member to take “flight”. One was blaming, accusing and increasing the volume and intensity of their voice and the other person chose to stand up, walk out of the meeting, get in their vehicle and leave. While not optimal […]
November 13, 2015
New and old leaders alike can develop toxic habits in their leadership style that they need to learn to recognize and correct. Image Source: Pixabay user ClkerFreeVectorImages
From Micromanagers to Pushovers: How to Manage Four Styles of Toxic Leadership
At some point or another, we’ve all probably worked under a toxic leader. Whether they micromanaged your every move (“15 minute intervals for time reporting seems too lax–let’s move to 10”) or were unresponsive to your feedback (“I don’t have time to read all the suggestions that fly at me everyday; we have deadlines to meet!”), leaders can develop harmful habits in their leadership style that they need to recognize and correct before it hurts employee morale and impacts productivity. […]
November 10, 2015
Three Companies that Used Adversity to Turn Business Around
Sometimes your best partner is your competitor. If you’re in a competitive industry that’s facing an economic downturn, partnering with another company in trouble could be just the thing to revitalize your business. The revival of American Airlines[1. “American Airlines soars from bankruptcy to S&P 500 club,” March 17, 2015, http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/17/investing/american-airlines-stock-sp500/] is an excellent example of how competitors can work together to overcome hard economic times.