Are You Creating a Culture of Disengagement (Video Blog)?

The most successful leaders understand that creating a culture of engagement, the Accountability, Ownership, & Impact of the work must be held at the employee level. Most leaders fail to understand this concept and unconsciously create employees who simply disengage from doing their best work or bringing their best selves to work. Watch leadership expert…

What Leadership Legacy Are You Leaving? (Video Blog)

What Leadership Legacy Are You Leaving? (Video Blog) The stories you tell about your leadership are simply that … your stories. The stories those you lead tell about you when you’re gone is your leadership legacy. What Leadership Legacy are you leaving behind? Continue watching leadership expert Joe Contrera discuss The Power vs. Force Leadership…

The A.R.T. of the Question – More Powerful Than a Locomotive (Concl.)

The A.R.T. of the Question – More Powerful Than a Locomotive (Part 4/4) I was working with a Fortune 100 client for a couple of years. Not long ago he made the decision to take his team through our Leadership Development Program, The Art of Leading, Coaching, & Influencing Others ®. During one of our group…

The A.R.T of the Question – Questioning Others (Pt. 3/4)

The A.R.T. of Questioning Others – (Part 3 of a 4 Part Series) Asking great questions is an art. Questions have to be simple, well thought-out, and you have to be patient. The challenge for most leaders is that in coaching conversations they get impatient. Task-driven leaders may approach these types of conversations as an item to check off their…

The Single Biggest Cause of All Leadership Failures …

The Single Biggest Cause of All Leadership Failures … Nearly 46 years ago, Kellogg’s released the first television commercial for Eggo® brand frozen waffles. The commercial shows an Eggo® waffle popping out of a toaster which is immediately grabbed by a father and son simultaneously while they both repeat the phrase “Let go of my Eggo!”…

Leading Others is a Privilege

Leading Others is a Privilege I am often asked about whether leaders are born or trained. I personally despise the use of the word training when it comes to developing leaders. I think we train animals … we educate leaders. Yes, leaders can be developed.  However, if a leader has the skills but doesn’t understand…

Jumping Into The Deep End …

A while back, a friend of mind and I were discussing the topic of commitment. I was sharing a situation where I felt that I needed to be ‘all in’ or not. Sitting on a fence for too long can become uncomfortable. My friend was telling me about a television show he watched where they asked a guy if he knew how to swim. The guy replied, “Sure, I watched videos on the internet and practiced on the kitchen floor!”

Are You Achieving Excellence?

At different times when I ask my clients if they believe they are achieving excellence, I often hear “No, I wouldn’t say excellence, but we’re better than we were X years ago!” My first response when I hear that is always, “Well what if you were mediocre 2 years ago? Congratulations, you’re now better than mediocre! Are you really okay with that?”