What is Integrity and the 800 pound gorilla?

To me, it’s what you do when no one is looking, or it may be ignoring the 800 lb. gorilla in the room.  Heaven forbid we talk about that.   Lack of integrity can be the biggest leadership killer.  It sends a message to your team that maintaining transparency and honesty is only valued some […]

We all make up stories

It’s just in our nature to try to put context around everything that we experience.  So when we see that e-mail that puts us off, or interpret someone’s actions as rude, or get cut off in traffic, we make up a story that puts the other in a less than positive light, and makes us […]


Lack of accountability can be debilitating to an organization. When others see that there are no consequences to poor behavior or poor performance, general morale is negatively affected. In addition, I’m sure we can all think of times when we haven’t held ourselves accountable either. Accountability can easily be related to following through on a […]

Tips to Effective Email Management

Email management is essentially time management.  We communicate through email, in many instances, more than we communicate in person or over the telephone.  We typically don’t decide one day just not to answer emails, nor do we typically dedicate an entire day to answering them for the week.  If your email is anything like mine, […]

Communication: a two way street

Ever been in a meeting where you are privileged to listen to a team member who loves to listen to the sound of his/her own voice? Have you ever been that person? Sometimes, in a group or presentation setting, we tend to hold the reigns of communication and never release them. It’s important to remember […]

Tips to Becoming a Successful Leader

Have you heard the saying “Leaders are born, not made?” I’m not sure I completely buy into that belief. Yes, you can see that some children just naturally take on a leader vs. a follower role. But I can also give you many examples of people who were typical followers most of their life, and […]