Three Continents and One Grass Field

By Kristen Wheeler   Positive, healthy leadership is essential for success—success in everything, everywhere. From the board rooms of Fortune 500 companies, to non-profit organizations in second and third-world countries, to our young people in the classrooms. Our society needs it. Our world needs it. But building leadership skills takes time and training. Comprehensive, purposeful, […]

Today’s Learning is On-Demand: Just in Time, Just for You

Today’s Learning is On-Demand: Just in Time, Just for You Several years ago, I was working with a group of high school freshman and we were discussing the word “value.” How was it defined, the various contexts in which it could be used, and, ultimately, what each person in the room “valued” the most in [...]

Raise Your Hand if You Need a Break!

Raise Your Hand if You Need a Break! We are halfway through 2019. Do you remember what you committed to on January 1? Do you remember what you wanted to do better, more of, less of? My one word for this year was (and is) #CLEAR. I wanted to be clear, think clear, be present, [...]

How Do You Make Time?

How Do You Make Time? It’s an epidemic. We are busy. Most of us are too busy. At the recommendation of a friend, I started listening to the book “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World”. The title resonated with me immediately and I could not wait to get started. The author, [...]

Everything Can Be Taken Too Far

Everything Can Be Taken Too Far Moderation has never been a strength of mine… or a preference… or a way I lived or worked. All my life, I have been the ‘go big or go home’ kind of person. It’s a part of who I am. When I find a new hobby, I buy every [...]

I Can’t Do That… YET!

I Can’t Do That… YET! How many times in your life have you said or thought, “I can’t do that”? Sometimes we are quick to say it, but how often do we stop and really think about the meaning of that statement? I. Can’t. Do. That. When you let it soak in for a minute, [...]

Your Meetings Will NEVER Start on Time!

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. Your meetings will NEVER start on time. I am sorry to be the one to finally declare this out loud.  It is such a pain-point for companies, teams, and people all over.  Your calendar looks beautiful.  You have planned your priorities.  If you are an advanced planner, you may have even […]

Stop Glancing and Start Greeting

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. When is the last time you spent your ‘spare time’ thinking to generate new thoughts of your own, allowing your mind to wander instead of consuming recycled thoughts from someone else on social media or websites? The research is clear – we are addicted to our phones. We barely need the empirical […]

It’s Not Personal…It’s Just Business.

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. How many times have you heard that sentiment?  And, how many times did it ring true to everyone in the room?  My guess is – NEVER! It feels more like a scene from the movie, The Godfather, and we all know how that played out. Lately I have worked with several […]

The True Magic of the “Aha”

By Kristen Wheeler I recently prompted workshop participants with the question, “When is casual too casual?” Answers erupted in rapid succession, sparking side conversations and engulfing the room with collegial jeers and animated denials. We enjoyed good laughs about wearing ear buds and singing out loud in the office, we spent some time on wardrobe […]

Naysayers Get a Bad Rap!

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. There is one in every crowd.  You know…that one colleague who always has to disagree.  Or, who is constantly playing the ‘devil’s advocate’ role.  (Personally, I don’t know why anyone would ever advocate for the devil, but that is a blog for another day.) Early in my career, being the positive […]

100% is EASY… 99% is a $&#!#!

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. 100% is EASY…99% is a $&#!# You can fill in the blank with the expletive of your choice.  I have one that works really well for me, but I didn’t want to bias anyone! The first time I read this sentiment, I must admit – it resonated with me at my […]

2019 Here We Come!

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. I have never been a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions. (Read last year’s blog for some evidence.) And, as usual, by this time of year, I am done with the holidays and ready to get back to a routine, back to normal. This year is no different. I am REALLY […]

You’re Just Not a Good Culture Fit

By Eileen Habelow, Ph. D.  The best companies protect their ‘culture’.  The culture of the company is important, especially as the company grows.  (Remember, “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”.) Making great hires is critical for growth and every new hire added to the team is an opportunity to bring in new talent.  With every new […]

Choose Your Next Hire Wisely

By Brian Krogh The next time you are considering hiring the person sitting across the room from you remember, every relationship is its own three-legged race. Now, your last three-legged race may be years behind you, but you remember the game. Your ankle is strapped to the ankle of your partner and together you must run, […]

You’re Not the Boss of Me!

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. This is one of my favorite pithy sayings I use when I disagree with someone who is TELLING me to do something—and he or she is “not the boss of me.”  I say it in jest.  But, it is an easy way out of some conversations.  Someone tells me to do […]

You Can’t Build a Skyscraper on a Concrete Slab

By Brian Krogh One World Trade Center in New York City is one of the world’s more impressive structures.  Currently, it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth tallest building in the world. Certainly, what we see when we look at the structure – One World Trade Center’s geometric, modern design […]

Don’t Let Comfort Take You for a Ride

By Kristen Wheeler Raise your hand if you want to get uncomfortable. Yeh, that’s what I thought. Truth is, most people prefer to be comfortable. That’s why we wait for an elevator even though there is never a line for the stairs. The elevator comes to us, opens—and closes—the door for us, while we casually […]

The Best Leaders Develop Other Leaders

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. The best leaders develop other leaders. If you are not developing your people, are you really a leader?  Effective managers get work done.  Effective leaders, on the other hand, get work done AND develop new leaders while they are doing it. I don’t tend to spend a lot of time on […]

Answer This One Question and Transform a Boring Speech into an Amazing Presentation

By Brian Krogh Do you want to give a boring presentation? Of course not.  As a presenter you do not want to be boring.  In fact, you spend a great deal of time and energy feeling nervous and scared about the possibility that you may bore an audience.  Yet, despite all this effort, you and […]

Authority – Accountability: Get them In Sync

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. Have you ever been asked to do something that you knew was going to be changed as soon as you finished? Has your team ever spent hours in rigorous debate and great discussion to make a decision that was eventually overturned by someone who had ‘more authority’ than the team? It’s […]

Can We Talk? The TRUTH Behind Candid Communication

By Kristen Wheeler It is not always easy to be honest when communicating at work. Being candid can be scary. It can be difficult for a manager to tell a direct report that his or her work is not good enough. It is intimidating for a subordinate to contradict what their boss is thinking or […]

3 Steps to Annihilate Your Fear of Public Speaking

By Brian Krogh We have all been there before.  It’s the day you have been dreading for weeks and now the class is only an hour away or the meeting is looming on your calendar.  The fear you feel is due to one factor and it is something more terrifying than Stephen King could contrive. It […]

All Questions Are Not Created Equally

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. I am a huge fan of using questions in coaching and developing talent.  I work with a lot of really smart people at really innovative companies doing really amazing things. When someone comes to me with a challenge, the most efficient way to get something done is to do it myself or […]

Let’s Hear it for the Introverts

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. I love my work with teams. One of my favorite things to work on with teams is helping team members understand each other better, as individuals, so that they can then work better together as an integrated group of teammates. I had the opportunity to do just that, over the past 6-weeks, […]

No One Likes a Micro-Manager!

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. How many times have you heard someone say, ‘I work for an absolute micro-manager’, their statement dripping with disdain and disgust? And, how many times have you heard someone say, ‘I am a hands-off manager’, their proclamation dripping with self-righteousness and a superior tone? Here’s the truth about both of those […]

I’m Way Smarter than You!

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. I’m Way Smarter than You. Who would ever say that out loud?  Not many people would say that out loud, or even admit they were thinking it. Here’s the catch – you can “say” it without using those words.  I see it all the time.  (And, I am guilty of it […]

It’s All In Your Head

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. I have to start this writing with a bit of shameless self-promotion – I am training to run the Boston Marathon this year.  (A personal link with more information is available below.)  Why share a personal story in a business email?   These ideas crystallized on my long run this weekend, and […]

Slow Your Roll and Finish Strong

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. I love all things shiny.  It shows up in every leadership assessment I ever take – loves to generate new ideas, is excited by new opportunities, needs lots of variety at work. This has served me well over the course of my career.  It has made it easy for me to […]

I’m Sorry I’m Late

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. I hate having to apologize for being late.  When I make someone else wait for me, whether at work or at home, I feel like I am showing them such disrespect; like their time (waiting for me) is less important than my time spent doing whatever made me late.  That may […]

Stop Making Resolutions!

By Eileen Habelow, Ph.D. Just as ‘strategy without execution is hallucination’, it is also true that ‘resolutions without a purpose and a plan will falter.’ Are you paying attention to the commercials on TV and on the radio?  Weight loss programs have deals.  Fitness centers have deals.  Financial planners have deals.  It is no coincidence […]

Our world is getting smaller… but is that a good thing?

One of the significant powers of social media is the extension of our reach into the world… we can communicate with someone across the globe in seconds.  I can be in Boston and can ‘hear from’ someone in Africa almost instantaneously.  I love that about social media and technology, in general.  But there is an […]

I am only giving 70% effort today!

There, I said it.  I know it sounds heretical, but I’ll bet it is true.  I am only giving 70%.  And, I will bet you are, too. How many times in the last week have you booked your calendar so full that you walked from meeting to meeting to meeting to meeting?  Hmmmm.  How many […]

Are You Giving Your All?

Remember when there was 1 TV in the house, the family gathered around watching one show from start to finish?  Remember when there was one phone in the house and it was probably in the kitchen?  Remember when there was zero technology at the dinner table? Okay, admittedly those might be realities that are too […]

Strengths Taken Too Far

When Strengths Become a Liability When you have a high level of competence in an area, that strength can generate many benefits.  If you learn to capitalize on your strengths, apply them in the right environment and in the right way, you can achieve great results.  That is the good news. But there is a […]

The Elbow Turns are Critical to Prepare a Leader for the Next Level

Our Leaders in Motion™ program leads first and second level managers through a great series of topics that deal specifically with the fundamentals of management — focused on new mindsets, management behaviors and people skills to add to your arsenal as a leader of individuals and teams. In one of our past sessions we discussed the […]

Resistance can be good. Make Change Work!

It is too easy to appreciate the cooperative, positive people in the room.  It is just as easy to be irritated by the nay-sayers, the resistors.  If that is your modus operand you are likely missing some very valuable information and cues. Did you know that change, according to your brain, is perceived as ‘error’? […]

Total Eclipse of Leadership

How can I not write a post that has something to do with the eclipse of yesterday?  I got chills watching the total eclipse on TV — I can’t imagine seeing it in person.  But, how can I share something related to leadership and a total eclipse?   I thought about it all weekend and it finally came […]

Leaders in Motion™

There is plenty of research that proves the quantifiable impact of an engaged workforce.  Companies with an engaged workforce have higher levels of productivity, growth, and profit.  If you can have a positive impact on the engagement levels of your own workforce, you can bet that will have a positive impact on your financial results.   […]

Act As If

If you are like most, you are always working on something… working to improve your (fill in the blank); working to achieve (fill in the blank).  There are subtle changes you can make to increase the likelihood of success.  Here are three principles to consider: Words can change everything Behaviors can drive mindset Triggers can […]

Just ask a question, any question!

In the past, I had the opportunity to experience a full-day of training on ‘facilitation with the brain in mind’ with David Rock of the Neuroleadership Group.    My entire team and many colleagues shared a day of introductory training that started with an introduction to the brain science behind relating, communicating, teaching, and leading. […]

Delegate, Don’t Dump

Recently I had the opportunity to work with a group of leaders and discuss a very specific leadership practice – delegation .  In theory, a leader who masters the skill of delegation will most certainly rise above others — the more you can accomplish with and through your team, the better.  Right? But, let’s be clear and […]

Trusted friend or permission to misbehave?

Let’s face it we all have bad days at work.  You know – when you get home and need to complain about someone or something that happened that day.  You need to vent to process; you need to share the details, your reactions, and the emotions that go along with the episode. Given the typical […]

Team Culture Eats Strategy (and Expertise and Resources and…) for Breakfast

Create a Team Culture to Get Greater Outcomes There is evidence that a strong, positive company culture creates performance and financial value for organizations.1234  Culture is also tagged to be a competitive advantage because it is so difficult to copy.  There aren’t many who argue the value of culture on performance and engagement.  But, there […]

Are you better at what you do than you were last quarter?

I work with teams and team leaders for a living.  I do a lot of facilitation and coaching every week.  I work with different types of teams (leadership teams, technical teams) in different contexts (small companies, large companies, universities) each week.  That means I get to learn a lot about different companies, different styles of […]

Hold People Accountable

In one of our workshops, we focus on good practices for holding people accountable.  We read the HBR article “Who’s Got the Monkey?” by William Onchen, Jr., and Donald Wass.  The concept in the article is the backdrop for holding people accountable for the right things while avoiding taking all of the accountability on yourself. It […]

Watch Your Language

Are your teams able to get the best thinking on the table? Companies form cross-functional teams for a reason – we need to get very diverse experience and expertise in the same room.  Once we have the diverse expertise in the room, we need to figure out the best way to get all of the […]

Are You All on the Same Page?

“We judge ourselves by our intentions.  We judge others by their actions.” – S. M.R. Covey This is one of those principles that was a total Aha! Moment for me.  I can tell you where I was when I read it – in my office in Harvard Square – reading the book “Speed of Trust” by Stephen […]

Are Your Teams Setup for Success?

I had the opportunity to work closely with two teams this past week.  The team leaders of both teams invited me to support their efforts at launching (or re-launching) their respective teams. These team leaders took the initiative to engage me as an external facilitator – their organizations did not require it.  No one told […]

The curse of perfectionism…

I used to share the badge of being a perfectionist with such pride.  “I know… I am just a perfectionist.”  Well, I have finally come to the point where I consider it a character flaw that creates more havoc than value for me. Only recently have I tied my perfectionist tendencies with my inability to […]

Teams in Motion Team Health Check – Webinar

In case you missed it — last week, we co-facilitated a webinar to introduce our Teams in Motion Team Health Check.  My co-presenter was Shane Douthitt of SMD-HR.  SMD is an HR Analytics company that is behind our validation study for the team assessment.  The validation study is a huge differentiator! How can you be […]

Expert Teams Make Great Decisions That Stick!

Expert Teams MUST be able to make great decisions.  And, many teams ARE able to make great decisions, but, here is what I often hear: Our decisions get over-turned by ‘upper management’ all the time! We get stuck in debate… for a long time! We are never really sure who ‘owns’ the decision. I don’t know […]

Team Synergy: The Catalyst for Great Performance

If you think a great team is easily built by assembling only the best of the best individuals, you are missing a big part of the puzzle of team effectiveness.  Team membership, while important, is only a part of the equation.  Research shows that the individuals on the team and the characteristics of the team […]

Focus Killers: Busting them One at a Time

Mindfulness.  Being Present.  Single-Tasking. If I was one who made New Year’s resolutions, one of my regular commitments would be to strive for mindfulness, being present, and single-tasking.  I have definitely made progress on single-tasking – once I committed to being singly-focused at work I could not believe the difference in the experience.  I learned […]

Capitalize on Conflict!

What is “Conflict”? Conflict can be a touchy subject.  Most of us respond emotionally to the word ‘conflict’ and most of the time with negative emotions.  Common words used to define “conflict” include:  collision, disagreement, at variance, in opposition, combative… all words with a negative connotation in most settings. Let’s put “conflict” in a new […]

Silence really is GOLDEN!

As sugar is the enemy of the American diet (and I believe it is at least one of the top 3), talking just might be the biggest enemy of insight. How much time on your calendar today was blocked for ‘thinking’?  Thinking about a project, a problem, an opportunity, a person on your team, or […]

The Golden Rule does NOT work in Leadership

Have you ever heard the expression ‘if you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail’?  I love to use this expression when it comes to management styles.  A hard-driving style can be very, very effective… if it is used appropriately and in a situation that calls for that style and approach.  Your “coaching” […]

Lead or Get Out of the Way!

“Lead or Get Out of the Way” is the first of our twelve leadership development webinars.  We have participants read the article “Becoming the Boss” by Linda Hill.  The article provides a perspective on the differences in being a successful individual contributor and then getting to that ‘manager’ role.  It is important that new managers understand what […]

Make your goals Motivating, Measurable, and Manageable!

As I work with leaders to change habits or behaviors, I always drive for actionable goal commitments.  I want to take immediate advantage of any new insight and any emotional commitment to trying something new.  So, I try to drive the close of every conversation into a clear, action step.  The 3 M’s make it […]

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