Tag: leadership

Team Values and Performance

Team Values and Performance Team Values Map

A VP friend complained the other day that “the job is OK but I can’t get myself to the office, every day.” Before that statement, he looked and sounded like a happy senior executive steady and successful on his career path. Not true, he says. He is actually envious of people who have found their […]

Always Stand Up for Your Real Team

Always Stand Up for Your Real Team

As a leader, you have to always stand for your team, right? Wrong. Rather, first, you need to make sure you realize which team is “your team.” That may sound counterintuitive but that’s life. Being a manager (team lead, manager, director, etc.), you are in charge of a unit consisting of several individuals. If you […]

Analyzing the Purpose of Starbucks Training

Analyzing the Purpose of Starbucks Training Starbucks training and values

Dan Pontefract gave a good rundown of the recent continent-wide racial-bias training that Starbucks developed and delivered in record time. Starbucks reacted in an exemplary manner, but has the training achieved the goal? Unless we tacitly agree that the actual goal of Starbucks was to stomp out the public-relations wildfire, their expensive exercise has not […]

The Recipe for Project Success: 3 Requirements + 10 Values

The Recipe for Project Success: 3 Requirements + 10 Values success values

The three key reasons why some projects fail are: Requirements Requirements Requirements There is but a grain of joke in this PM joke: requirements are key. In real life, three different sets of requirements could and should be identified during the project initiation. Requirements-1: The Spec. First requirements that come to mind are the “standard” […]

Shared Values of Self-Made Millionaires

Shared Values of Self-Made Millionaires Human Values

There’s an interesting article posted recently on LinkedIn Pulse. Jeff Haden put this in his post headline, making it almost instantly viral: “8 of 10 Self-Made Millionaires Were Not ‘A’ Students. Instead, They Share 1 Trait.” The trait, of course, is their willingness to learn. While I agree with Jeff Hadden, that is not news. […]

Elon Musk Q7

Elon Musk Q7 Elon Musk Q7

A few months ago, I answered this question on Quora: “How can Elon Musk put in 80-100 hours a week and still have a social life or time for exercise, etc.?” My answer collected an incredible number of views and upvotes – a good indicator that this is (A) a hot topic and (B) my […]

Canoeing with Mintzberg

Canoeing with Mintzberg Canoeing with Mintzberg

The CoachingOurselves Reflections 2017 – Rebalancing Society conference was an outstanding 3-day event filled with ideas, presentations and passion shared with us by the brightest minds: Henry Mintzberg, Philip Kotler, Dan Ponterfract, Ed Schein, Jonathan Gosling, Mitch Joel and many other prominent thinkers, businesspeople and coaches. This true feast of sustainable leadership was concluded with a savory dessert – The Great Canadian Canoe Trip, […]

How can Elon Musk put in 80-100 hours a week and still have a life?

How can Elon Musk put in 80-100 hours a week and still have a life?

(Originally answered on Quora) Most probably you want to share your surprise that Elon Musk, who reportedly stayed overnight at Tesla site on many occasions, still looks and behaves like a normal sociable person, gives interviews and is altogether in good health and good spirits, right? This is because he is fortunate enough to have […]

Reflections 2017 Global Conference

Reflections 2017 Global Conference Reflections

To learn more about the critical role Leadership Development professionals play in society, come to the Rebalancing Society Event, hosted by Henry Mintzberg, Philip Kotler, Mitch Joel and many others. ““Leadership, like swimming cannot be learned by reading about it.” Henry Mintzberg. Register to see Henry and other thought leaders at Reflections 2017 Global Conference! […]

Dan Ponterfract: “FLAT ARMY”

Dan Ponterfract: “FLAT ARMY” Required Reading

Over the weekend, I have read Dan Pontefract’s book “Flat Army.” I was looking forward to reading an inspirational text about change management, corporate culture improvement and employee engagement, but the book appears to take the reader further.