Empowerment = Pride

Blog #261 While in an advisory session with a senior leader, the topic of accountability came up. This person inherited a rather entrenched legacy culture that had been deeply damaged by his predecessors, who were incredible micro-managers and needed to be involved in every decision. The team was paralyzed, afraid to act, and fearful of the repercussions if actions were taken without approval from this leader. The result was a

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Be Authentic

Blog #260 A few weeks ago, I had a rare treat: I was able to simultaneously embrace my love for helping people and the outdoors. This combination allowed me to be my authentic self during a unique client session. In last week’s blog (Chaos, Challenges, and Innovation), I discussed how we are now living in some of the most disruptive and wonderful times, and how we have been forced to

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innovate

Chaos, Challenges, and Innovation

Blog #259 During a recent discussion with a friend, I took the position that although we are living in extremely disruptive times, there is a huge opportunity for exponential growth for many businesses. This current disruption presents an abundance of opportunities. I contend that many challenges and significant threats to businesses will be amplified. It is critical that businesses act quickly in response to threats or change. This applies to

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Kris biking

Willing to Fail

Blog #258 Well, it happened. I recently attempted my own personal “COVID” version of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. This is known as the one of the hardest 100-mile races on the planet…and I failed to complete it. When I set my mind to something, it is rare that I do not achieve my objective; however, this was one of those days. Although I did not reach my goal,

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manage up

The Value of Managing up

Blog #257 In my experience, when leaders think of managing, they typically regard it as overseeing their direct reports and the team “below” them; however, this is only one part of it. Because the current environment is magnifying both challenges and opportunities, we are realizing that we have to invest more time and focus on managing up. It is a critical endeavor that will be of great value to you

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hire great talent

An Opportunity to Hire Great Talent

Blog #256 Stop hiring people who can simply do the job. Instead, focus on finding people who have already done the job a dozen times, excelled in their positions, and who can push you to new heights. Now is an unprecedented opportunity to hire great talent to join your team. I realize this experience-focused path may contradict traditional thinking. When teams are smaller and growing, for example, rarely are there

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leading a team

How to Impact the Bottom Line During a Crisis

In one of my recent check-in calls with a client, l was informed they just had one of the best months ever. Yes, even during the COVID crisis, they are thriving – and they are not alone – a pattern I have seen repeated with many of the teams I advise. I believe this is a direct result of the work they have been doing over the past several years.

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hard decisions

Hard Decisions Are Worth Making

Blog #254 At 8:13 p.m. in the high country of Leadville, Colorado, Reka completed a massive 50-mile trail run. This run had taken over 15 hours, 109,000 steps, and thousands of vertical feet gained and lost – all above an altitude of 10,000 feet. It was stunning to watch, support, collaborate, and encourage her. This achievement did not happen overnight. In fact, it was the culmination of ideas planted long

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Tips for Better Coaching

Blog #253   When leadership teams transition from functioning in a reactive state to a proactive state, there is often an observable shift within the senior leaders. They begin realizing that to achieve the organizational goals, everyone on the team must be in high gear and on their best game. This is when many leaders realize that their coaching skills may be lacking, and they will need some fine-tuning to lead

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Pushing limits

Pushing the Limits

Blog #252 Drenched in sweat, covered in caked-on gravel dust, and with the constant reminder of saddle sores, I keep my legs pedaling at 85 RPMs while maintaining a heart rate under 137 beats per minute. So far, I have only stopped to fill my hydration pack and to change Audible books. At the end of the weekend, I will have completed over 130 miles. It is almost July in

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