Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

Mistake #1: As the CEO of major corporations for over 25 years, I learned a number of valuable lessons about leadership. Welcome to the series: 5 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid. Over the next 5 weeks, I will address a different mistake each week. I invite you to join in the weekly discussion and share your experiences and lessons learned. No leader succeeds without making many mistakes. But great leaders succeed because of what they learn…

Three Leadership Questions Worth Asking Right Now

Several weeks ago, I asked those with me if they had any specific leadership questions that they would like me to address. We received so many great responses, but I felt these three were strong leadership questions we should all be asking of ourselves and thinking about right now. Is unity possible right now. If so, how do we achieve it?  This is incredibly appropriate, give what happened recently at the Capitol. Even so, my…

No Matter the Year, Love Still Works

Let’s face it: 2020 was a difficult year, and we are ready for a better 2021.  COVID-19 wreaked havoc on our lives. We went from a booming economy to great uncertainty almost overnight. We have seen illness, death, job loss, social unrest, increased anxiety, a bitter presidential election, and a loss of normalcy in our lives. We are grieving over many things, including the sense of security many thought we possessed. But the truth is,…

Unity is the Goal. Now, How Do We Get There?

There’s no question that 2020 has been a difficult year. In addition to the chronic stress of the pandemic and environmental disasters, we’ve seen civil unrest and political strife. Many of us feel divided and scattered, and those feelings are bleeding into the workplace. As leaders, we’re no strangers to distressing situations. One of the main leadership skills is the ability to promote unity and action even when times are tough. How can we overcome…

5 Steps to Healthy Dialogue When Controversy Strikes

We’re living in an age of social media shouting and a massive lack of healthy conversation. Why is that? 30+ years ago, there were only 3-4 major media outlets; so by default, they had to serve a very broad audience. This also meant that positions were not nearly as extreme as they are today ,and the presentation was overall more polite. Another factor that has changed with the rise of more media outlets is our…

3 Ways Leaders can Communicate Hope in the Midst of Chaos

There is no question that this year has been chaotic. With a global pandemic alone, we’ve all felt the uncertainty that comes with such events. It was unprecedented, and no one expected it.  As we all learn to navigate new normals, cope with bad news, and deal with off-and-on lockdowns, it’s important to remember that your employees are dealing with additional concerns about their salaries, their jobs, and their livelihoods. Now more than ever, it’s…

Gratitude: The Antidote to Hopelessness

Gratitude for a Crazy Year Entering the holiday season means time together as a family, colder weather, warm meals, and plenty of gratitude. The holiday season is the time when we look back at the year we just had – the crazy year of election pandemonium, murder hornets, a wild and unprecedented pandemic, and off-and-on lockdowns. As I ponder the last 11 months, as crazy as they were, I’m also grateful and thought I would…

How to: Navigate a Tense Political Climate in the Workplace

Because of the 24-hour news cycle and social media, people are tuned in to politics now more than ever before. As a result, more conversations about politics are happening more even than in years past. Those conversations are taking place in many different places, from the gas station to the grocery store, church, school, and everywhere in between – including the workplace.  Discussing politics in the workplace can create a tense environment. People are entitled…

How Do I Work For A Leader With Different Beliefs Than My Own?

When you land a great job, you go into it hoping to get along with your boss. In a perfect world, your leader and you would share the same beliefs and values, creating a happy bubble of agreement. However, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes you find yourself working for someone who has a different outlook on the world than you do. So, how do you follow a leader with different beliefs than your own? Here…