What can you learn from a whitewater expedition?  Much, I say.  I was reminded of this as I was listening to the Joshua Gagnon podcast and the leadership team was recounting stories from a teambuilding canoe trip their church leaders had taken.  As I was listening to them talk, IRead More →

Motivational or Inspirational

Motivation and inspiration are both important, but they’re also very different. Motivation often feels like someone is pushing you. Inspirational leaders help you find more of the good inside you.  Motivational leaders encourage you to press ahead.  Inspirational leaders get you to see a higher purpose of moving ahead.  MotivationalRead More →

Early in my career, I thought that the smartest, brightest people were always in charge.  I was fortunate to work for some real solid leaders who “knew their stuff”.  And in that era, in the Information Services industry (as it was called then), technical know-how was of paramount importance.  ButRead More →

Employee engagement is a popular topic these days.  And for good reason.  Employee engagement has been staggeringly low for many years (although there has been some improvement in it lately).  I will talk about employee engagement in a future blog, but this post focuses on EMPLOYEE DISENGAGEMENT.  While engagement canRead More →

I remember a definition I once heard of auditors.  It was said that they came in after the battle and shoot the wounded.  (My apologies to all of the auditors out there.)   Recently the term came up again.  It was used in terms of a leader that comes in afterRead More →

proactively handling conflict in teams

Most teams have some forms of conflict in them.  It’s just a fact of life.  Where people are involved, there will be some conflict.  Whether it’s egos, conflicting personalities or competition, something will get in the way of productivity.  The idea of proactively handling conflict in teams is something everyRead More →