5 Dangers of Fire-Drill Leadership

“All hands on deck!” “Emergency meeting!” “Everyone into the conference room, PRONTO!” These shrill calls can create tremendous urgency, even excitement in an organization. I call this “Fire Drill Leadership”. Everything seems like an emergency. But the best leaders I’ve known keep these fire drills to a bare minimum. Because they know that, overdone, keeping such a…

How Leaders Solve the Biggest Problem-Solving Problem

Problem-solving is in the “DNA” of effective leadership.  So how come sometimes it just doesn’t work? Why is it that some attempts at problem-solving feel like you’re just butting your head into a brick wall? Why do some of the best-intentioned problem-solving initiatives just fall flat? Sometimes it’s because, right out of the gate, you…

Priority Principles- Turning “Busy” into “Productive”

Throw a group of leaders into a room and listen for the predictable rhythms of the introductions. “How are things going?” “Oh man, I’m so busy. How about with you?” “Wow, incredibly busy.” While “I’m so busy” has replaced “I’m fine, thank you” as our culture’s leadership greeting, here’s a dose of reality. Everyone is…

Should a Leader be Realistic, Optimistic, Idealistic or Pessimistic?

As a leader are you supposed to be an optimistic, a pessimist, an idealist, or a realist? The answer is “yes”. The key is knowing when to be which. This is not about being inauthentic. The reality is, in some circumstances a leader must be a grim-faced pessimist, while in others it requires being a…