Can You Handle the Truth About Your Business

Almost every leader I speak with says they would like more clarity and candor from their teams. Yet, people resist. Why? Some common concerns are: Candor can create conflict and hurt feelings. Fear of looking bad. Fear of retribution. A desire to be nice vs. accountable. Candor is important. It …

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Are You Resisting the Most powerful Conversation in Leadership

Often when people think of accountability and being held accountable they think, “I’m being blamed.” This is NOT accountability, it is blame. And blame doesn’t work.  Accountability is giving an accounting of yourself and your commitments. I have taken part in two different accountability groups now, and each week we …

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Something Came Up, or How Not to be Accountable

How often has this occurred in your organization? Your meeting starts and a member of your team (Tom) that really should be in the meting rolls in ten minutes later and says, “Sorry my previous meeting ran long.” What is your response? It’s OK his meeting ran long. It’s not …

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The Role of Communication and Culture

In my corporate career I was with a firm that acquired 22 brands and tried to consolidate them into one. Think about that 22 distinct companies, leaders and cultures, consolidated into one. What followed was Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, a fire sale acquisition and now the entity no longer exists. It …

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