How to Strengthen Your Team with Tuning Fork Leadership

Subtle signs of misalignment can appear at any time on any team. The leader’s job is to restore alignment by relentlessly reinforcing clarity. This is called “Tuning Fork Leadership”. An actual tuning fork is a simple tool used as a standard of pitch to tune musical instruments. And like a piano tuner, a leader’s job is to…

The 3 Warning Signs of a ‘Clipboard Leadership’ Disaster

Leadership is about producing results, not reports. If you’ve ever encountered a leader who seemed more interested in inspecting activities than in inspiring results, you’ve encountered Clipboard Leadership. Clipboard Leadership is one of the most demotivating forms of authority you are ever likely to encounter. Clipboard Leadership emerges when the need for reports begins to…

3 Ways to Prevent a Mis-Performance Meltdown

Leaders spend a great deal of time and effort addressing issues of under-performance on their team. But in most cases, the issue that should really be dealt with is that of Mis-Performance, not under-performance. Mis-performance is the all-too common malady that sees members of a team deliver less than optimal results not through lack of…

How To Unleash the Power of the Spinal Tap Leadership Principle

Leadership requires “10 out of 10” level leadership day in and day out. But are there times when a leader must go even beyond “10 out of 10”? Yes. Sometimes. Sometimes a leader must punch their amp up to “11”. Fans of the classic comedy film This is Spinal Tap know exactly what I’m talking about. This…