This week, my colleagues and I launched another Leadership Contract™ initiative with a European client that is one of the world’s leading suppliers to the industrial and automotive sectors. The company is more than 100 years old. The Managing Director of Italian Operations began our session by talking to his top thirty leaders. He had […]
In my travels around the world, I have frequently seen a troubling dynamic among aspiring leaders, those who demand to get something before they give their all to a leadership role. To explain, let me give you two different scenarios.
It was big-time news earlier this month when Jeff Jones quit his post as president of ride-sharing app Uber. And not just because it was the latest story to emerge from a company besieged by a wrath of negative news.
Imagine your teacher has asked you and your friend to stack chairs on the desks at the end of the school day. You both stack the same amount of chairs and complete the job equally as well. Then your teacher comes over and hands you a reward, but you notice your friend […]
When all was said and done, last Sunday night at the 2017 Oscars, all that people will remember is the apology. An act of contrition was definitely required after PwC – the accounting firm that had helped tabulate votes and identify Oscar winners for the past 83 years – handed the wrong envelope to actors […]
I was recently present when the CEO of a mid-size technology company was addressing a group of high potential leaders in her company. “Your technical skills generally get you your first management or leadership role,” the CEO said. “But a large part of your success after that will be based on the strength of your […]
It looked really bad. It was Super Bowl Sunday, and just before I was to board a London flight, I got a glimpse of the half-time score: the surprising Atlanta Falcons were winning 21-3 over the mighty New England Patriots.
Michael Stuban’s last email to his bosses at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was a real doozy. In his last on-the-job act before retiring, the 58-year-old middle manager fired off a scathingly critical email last fall that accused PA Turnpike of rampant nepotism, unaccountable executive leadership, and low morale brought on by incompetent managers.
In January of 1990, I started my own consulting business; I left a stable and secure job with a large public sector organization to begin the life of an entrepreneur. I was so full of optimism and excitement that I didn’t even realize that I had started a business during an economic downturn. Interestingly, it […]