Leading Through Bad News

It’s almost the end of a quarter.  For many organizations, this quarter continues a string of difficult ones – and our typical focus on reporting quarterly results just reinforces that. Of course, some bad news doesn’t follow a nice quarterly...

A Critical Distinction

Sometimes we confuse critical thinking with just being critical. There’s nothing about critical thinking that says you have to be a jerk. In fact, really useful critical thinking inspires the hearer to raise the bar (vs. defend himself).  But many hours are...

What we can learn from curling

Before you make snarky comments about the title of this post (and yes, I’ve thought of a half dozen myself), think about this quote from a recent Wall Street Journal article about why the US curling team failed to medal in the Olympics: “We never really...

Good fights

I got some interesting responses from my last post on handling irritants. It led me to think more about the inevitable fights we have on leadership teams. We shouldn’t be surprised when leadership teams experience conflict. Whenever there are important issues...

Handling Irritants

A while back, I was talking with an extraordinarily successful leader about his company.  As often happens with astute leaders, the conversation eventually swung to the quality of his leadership team.  He has been working hard to improve the prospects of his business...

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