The Art of Leading Coaching & Influencing Others: Accountability, Ownership, & Impact?

The Art of Leading Coaching & Influencing Others: Accountability, Ownership, & Impact? The world is changing and so is the role of a leader. It is becoming increasingly important for leaders to understand where accountability, ownership, and impact lie. The question is whether it falls on the employee or it falls on the leader. A lot…

Leadership Projection: Is It Just a Mere Image?

Leadership Projection: Is It Just a Mere Image? Projection is a defense mechanism where we take a part of us that we don’t like (i.e.  our arrogant-self, selfish-self, or our untrusting-self, etc.) and project it onto someone else. For example if we look at someone and say ” What an arrogant ass” while there may…

Productivity & The Law of Unintentional Consequences

Productivity & The Law of Unintentional Consequences A short time ago I was working with a team of senior leaders. We were discussing the overall purpose of the organization and the bottom-line goal that was driving the organization forward. In most companies these are things like profit margin, revenue, sales targets, production goal, etc.. This…

Influencing Others: Outside-In or Inside-Out

Influencing Others: Outside-In or Inside-Out Your greatest ability to influence others comes from the fact that influencing others is not an outside-in job … it is an inside-out job! Before I explain why … answer the following questions and be brutally honest with yourself: In a conversation with another person, do you spend the majority…

Leadership Faux Pas #5 – Lack of Focus

  Leadership Faux Pas #5 – Lack of Focus “When you don’t know your why, you don’t have purpose … when you don’t have purpose, you don’t have clarity … when you don’t have clarity you don’t have focus and without focus you can’t accomplish a damn thing!” Joe Contrera A lack of focus will…

Interview with Joe Contrera on Leadership

“The single most important characteristic of any leader is self honesty; without it you can’t lead anyone.” Joe Contrera Recently I was interviewed by Dr. Mathew Norton of The Mindfluence Revolution on the topic of Leadership. If you’re interested in hearing the interview simply click here …. According to Joe Contrera, leadership is not a reward…

Leadership Faux Pas #3 – Being Close-Minded

Leadership Faux Pas #3 – Being Close-Minded “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” Isaac Asimov Are you a close-minded leader? We all see the world through our lens of perception. Everyone of us experiences the world differently because our lenses…