The avoid and control trap at home

Leading Thoughts As a dedicated bunch of leadership development nerds, our team spends most of its time focused on people’s work lives. And whether the topic of the moment is coaching, collaboration, or change; everything we do shares some things in common.  One of...

To Lead Change, Focus on What You Can’t Control

Leading Thoughts We’ve all heard the advice so many times: focus on what you can control.  Right now, you can go on the internet and find any number of “inspirational memes” reinforcing that message.  You’ve probably also seen a Venn diagram that looks something like...

Stop Trying to Seem Likeable

Leading Thoughts Every field of study has its own running debates. How exactly did the dinosaurs go extinct? Do we live in a single universe or a multiverse? How can a three-dimensional figure have a finite volume and an infinite surface area? Did someone put the...

Building Analog Skills for a Digital Future

Leading Thoughts Everybody Wants a Piece of Digital Transformation.There’s a digital land-grab underway. Around every virtual corner, modern-day Colonel Sellers’ cry out, “there’s gold in them thar’ hills”. Everyone is rushing to fill the gaps in digital skills, so...

Management and the Illusion of Control

Leading Thoughts Back in the 70’s, Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer studied a phenomenon she called the Illusion of Control. That is the strong tendency people have to see their actions as causing things to happen, even when they have no impact whatsoever. She...

Leadership Development Myths – Part 3

Leading Thoughts Myth #3: Leadership Is About TraitsThe leadership industry is obsessed with defining the traits of leaders. What are the elements of personality, character, or style that mark the successful leader?Some hold up the vague example of celebrity CEO’s,...

Leadership Development Myths – Part 2

Leading Thoughts 3 Myths of Leadership Development (Part Deux)Some myths are harmless, like Santa Claus. Sure, he’s not real, but he brings joy to children and encourages generosity – at least enough to balance out the tacit endorsement of consumerism. As I mentioned...

Leadership Development Myths – Part 1

Leading Thoughts 3 Myths of Leadership Development (Part 1)An interesting thing about the corporate learning and development field is that it’s not based on a foundational set of principles or research. Its most effective practices typically come from hard-won...

Engage. What’s In It For Your People?

Leading Thoughts Engage Your People!Straight up. Your people should be engaging the real issues, the elephant in the room. It’s good for their development, your company’s performance and it’s what virtually every culture desperately needs.Engage places a premium on...

Work or Game

Leading Thoughts Are Your Leaders About the Work or About the Game?There’s an endless debate in business and HR circles about the kind of leaders organizations really need. Different camps answer the question in different ways:There’s the competency model crowd, who...