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The Communication Contract
The What? It seems that every team of which I've been a part throughout my history in the workforce has, when prompted by leadership for improvement suggestions, collectively responded with MORE communication or BETTER communication, or both. I have held...
Up The River (A Story About Peer Pressure)
As you might have read in Ralph's article, this is the time of year for all of us to reflect backwards to this past year. As I reflect back it has been another great year both personally and professionally. There's one thing I did learn that I'd like to...
Directive Decision Making
Introduction to Decision Making We talk a lot about decision making in our work.Included in that discussion, we frame at least three types of decisions people make in business. First, there are decisions that individuals make without consultation or collaboration in which, as singular leaders or managers, they get to own...
Consultative Decision Making
Introduction to Decision Making Consultative is the second or what we consider as the middle of the three decision making styles. In Ralph's article he outlined the three decision-making styles. To his point decision-making styles and the approaches leaders take are often discussed in length within companies looking for leadership development....
Collaborative Decision Making
Introduction to decision making… If you read Ralph's or Craig's article already, you will notice that they took the first two styles (directive and consultative) to write about this month.  The style I'm writing about takes the most time to process, and...
Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of "mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment". Groups affected by groupthink ignore alternatives and tend to take irrational actions that dehumanize other groups. A group...
The 10/80/10 Rule
Everyday inside the workplace leaders are tasked and traditionally trained to solve problems. Inside those same organizations the daily activities of manager’s and leader’s success is often based on how well they can execute and solve those problems. The problems leaders face can be focused around production, logistics, and...
Manager Expectations
As a young leader I often found myself asking, "Why don't they get it?" I would think this about the employees that were working for me. The "get it" was in regards to everything from customer service to the responsibilities they had in their job. I became frustrated and tired...
Team Learning and Developing, using Myers Briggs
Team Learning and Developing, using Myers Briggs While the whole world has been in the grip of the greatest recession of a lifetime, we have thought, "What kind of program can we...

The Leadership Maker

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  • Update to our Workshop Series

    Update to our Workshop Series

    Ralph, Craig, Mary and I are very excited to announce that we are changing our series from 5- to 8- day workshops to 10-day workshops within a year’s time and we plan to start in August of this year.

  • Increasing Meeting Participation

    Increasing Meeting Participation

    If you feel like your meetings are not productive enough because people won't or can participate, the people in your meetings are unprepared or after meeting conversation are bigger then the meeting itself, the problem might lie in your preparation.

  • Communications


    Let’s be clear here about communication methods for leaders. Face-to-face communication is best. Not just best, it is best by a mile. A phone conversation is next best, but it is no substitute for face-to-face connection.

  • Time for a Paradigm Shift

    Time for a Paradigm Shift

    Perhaps it is time for a paradigm shift, a shift in how people think and learn about what is out there for career opportunities.

  • Delegation


    The final test of leadership is to leave behind men and women with the conviction, commitment and competency to carry on in your absence.

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