Look, Boss, I’m All Grown Up!

One thing I enjoy about leading teams is finding young people with potential and helping them grow into great leaders. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed a lot of capable young leaders in thriving organizations who eventually become discouraged, disengaged, and leave for other opportunities. (more…)

Can we overpraise? Is there such a thing as building up our teammates too much? I believe so.

Leaders were never intended to be cheerleaders whose primary role is shouting affirmation and praise from the sidelines, even when the team is down by 30 points. (more…)

Today’s post is written by my friend and fellow leader, Rachael Bodie. Thanks for the great advice, Rachael!

Leaders are often faced with roles that require us to work in less-than-dream positions or with frustrating team members.  This is a challenge worth discussing since it is part of the leadership journey.  No matter what level we reach, these challenges, particularly the people challenges, will continue to surface.  So, what do we do? How do we get through these times without pulling our hair out or just quitting and finding a new opportunity?

Not to oversimplify it, but I believe we essentially have two choices about what to do: We can focus on what we can control or on what we can’t. (more…)