A formula for instilling ownership in the people you lead

A formula for instilling ownership in the people you lead

“I wish they would take more ownership. I’m giving my all, sacrificing so much to ensure we’re successful. I don’t understand why they aren’t doing the same.” These were the words I heard from a business owner in a recent strategy session who was feeling frustrated by the lack of drive he observed in his employees. He’s not alone. Leaders at the top often feel more committed to the organization’s goals than those at lower levels; and it’s frustrating. They want others to be equally committed, but how?

Three keys to setting vision for your team

Three keys to setting vision for your team

My love for running began in the fourth grade. I signed up for the elementary school cross–country team and trained for a few local 5K races. The most influential part of the experience was running with my dad, who jogged by my side in each race. I can still remember his words of encouragement and little bits of advice interspersed throughout our steps and the excitement in his voice when we could see the finish line, pushing me to finish strong. 

The three reasons I stayed for more than a decade

The three reasons I stayed for more than a decade

Just a few weeks ago, I packed my belongings and turned in my Boeing badge. While my reasons for leaving are an important topic, I first want to focus on why I stayed so long. 

Recent research from CareerBuilder.com suggests that nearly 50% of college graduates stay with their first employer for less than two years, yet I stayed with mine for almost thirteen. Why did I stay? What kept me there? Three things.

How to create a culture of gratitude and speak the 5 languages of appreciation

How to create a culture of gratitude and speak the 5 languages of appreciation

In last week’s post, we discussed the scientific benefits of gratitude—how research studies show that practicing gratitude produces healthier and happier individuals and workplaces. This week, we will take it one step further to discuss how you, as a leader, can apply these concepts to transform your entire organization. Leaders who effectively create a culture of gratitude simultaneously create a culture of engagement, where employees feel valued and motivated, resulting in stronger productivity, profitability, retention, customer satisfaction, and more. So how can you create a culture of gratitude? Start with these six steps...

The scientific benefits of gratitude

The scientific benefits of gratitude

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I challenge you to fully immerse yourself in this season of gratitude. Giving thanks feels good, but those warm, fuzzy feelings don’t just happen by accident—research studies show that gratitude is directly associated with greater happiness, health, and overall well-being. The simple act of giving thanks has remarkable benefits.

5 questions that will transform team dynamics

5 questions that will transform team dynamics

We are expert “assumers”. We assume we know what others want, how to communicate with them, the best approach to recognizing them, and more. Unfortunately, our assumptions aren’t often correct. They are typically direct reflections of our own preferences, not others’. The result? Challenging, even strained, relationships and team dynamics.

So what do we do about it? It’s quite simple really – we become intentionally curious. Instead of being expert “assumers”, we must become expert “askers”.

Here are five simple, but powerful questions to help guide intentional curiosity.