What would I tell my 36 year old self?

When I was only 36 I was asked to be CEO of a major division of GM: Saab North America. Saab was bleeding cash and losing dealers. To construct the turn-around plan,  I listened closely to existing Saab leaders; but I also developed my own plan based on my experience at Saturn and feedback I learned by listening to Saab dealers.  We put a 5 point plan together and turned Saab around in less than…

Last In Line Leadership

John and I dispel myths of leadership and other fun topics such as my one-time chance at guarding a Laker’s player during my high school basketball career.

Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid: #5-All Do and no BE.

Welcome to the 5-part series of Leadership Mistakes to Avoid. Over the course of this series, I address a different mistake each week. I invite you to join in the weekly discussion and share your experiences and lessons learned. Here is the final mistake that many leaders struggle with and how to avoid or overcome it. #5: All Do and no BE. I have been the CEO or a senior leader of six companies over…

Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid: #4-Giving Slow, Nonexistent, and/or nonspecific feedback

In my experience, far too many leaders take the lazy route when giving positive or constructive feedback.  On the positive feedback side, I have seen many leaders give too much praise without specifics; then they lose credibility because others don’t see the value in what is being praised. On the constructive feedback side, I have seen leaders who give up on team members quickly, without giving them feedback and just watch those team members languish…

Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid: #3-Micromanaging

Micromanaging is the most common dysfunction that I have seen in leaders.  It was also a problem early in my leadership experience.  This fact is not intuitive, but it is true: the fewer decisions we feel we need to make as leaders actually indicates the strength of our leadership and results in a stronger and more confident team. Being micromanaged is one of the top reasons employees resign. It kills creativity, breeds mistrust, causes undue…

We as Citizens

Tune in for my candid and real conversation about servant leadership with Kristina Crowley on her show, We As Citizens

Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid: #2

Week #2: Untrusting Leaders I adhere to the motto: Trust people until proven wrong. Trusting your team to work hard and to perform to the scope of their roles, and allowing them room to be innovative are critical to any businesses’ success. A common mistake I see leaders make, one I made early in my career, is not trusting enough.  True, trust must be earned, but I have also found that there may be more than…