3 Signs You Might Be Sliding into ‘Clipboard Leadership’

Have you ever encountered someone in a position of authority, who equated Leading with Inspecting? These are people who somehow find themselves with a semblance of responsibility, but rather than really leading they reduce their activities to merely inspecting activities and outputs. This is Clipboard Leadership, and it is one of the most demotivating forms…

4 Sure-Fire Ways To Spot Your Team’s Rising Stars

Leaders are like gold-miners. They’re constantly prospecting for the next lead or the next opportunity. But nothing they search for is more valuable, or more important, than the next “rising star” on their team. Rising stars are those members of your team who are exhibiting ever-increasing passion, desire and, most importantly, results. So, how do…

Moving the Needle, When the Needle is Stuck

Is one of your leadership dashboard needles stuck? The international department of the Willow Creek Association recently came together and said that, as part of our 2017 plan, we wanted to move the needle of our team’s culture. As a team we spent hours coming up with a picture of what an even healthier team…

4 Measurements Leaders Need to Weigh, not Count

Leaders measure. It’s part of what we do. It’s in our “DNA”. We want to know how many, how much, how often, how far and how fast. But effective leaders also know that in addition to these metrics which require counting, there are also vital indicators that require WEIGHING. They know that while counting tells you some important information,…

3 Leadership Wins That Can Hurt Your Culture

That which gets celebrated very quickly becomes embedded in your culture.  If you celebrate teamwork, then collaboration will become a part of the culture. If you celebrate treating one another with kindness, then compassion will become a part of the culture. But it’s possible you could be holding celebrations for accomplishments that could actually be…