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Are You a Good Coach?

In 2009, Google embarked on a multiyear research initiative called Project Oxygen. The goal was to eliminate company hierarchy by proving that managers don’t matter. The research team analyzed data from Google employee exit surveys, job satisfaction reports, individual and […]

Listen and Let Go: The Key to Empowering Your Team

I’m often asked, “As a leader, what’s the key to empowering your team?” My answer: “Learn to listen and let go.” The next question usually is, “What do you mean by that?” I’m glad you asked. Every leader I know […]

What’s Your Leader’s Intent?

Do you ever struggle with clarity about what’s important to you as a leader? Is it sometimes hard to generate alignment on your team around your organizational goals and objectives? Could you use some help empowering your team? And do […]

Leading Through the Great Resignation

American workers are quitting their jobs at an astonishing pace. At the end of July, a record 11 million positions were unfilled, and two-thirds of all employees in the U.S. are looking for new jobs – a phenomenon termed “The […]

The Leadership Triad Part 3: Mission – When Failure Is Not an Option

(Part three in a three-part series) Fred Haise, Jack Swigert, and Jim Lovell formed the crew of Apollo 13. Their mission was to demonstrate a precision lunar landing and conduct lunar exploration. It was the seventh manned mission in the […]

The Leadership Triad Part 2: People over Process

(Part two in a three-part series) Bill Crawford was a dormitory janitor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the 1970s. He took pride in his job, and the dorm was always spotless. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons most […]

I’ve Done a Number of Hard Things in My Life. Then I Wrote a Book.

On September 21st, I’ll be releasing my first book titled, The Substance of Leadership: A Practical Framework for Effectively Leading a High-Performing Team. Having spent 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including flying jets off of aircraft carriers and […]

The Leadership Triad Part 1: How to Develop a High-Performing Culture

(Part one in a three-part series) Over the past three decades observing and serving on dozens of high-performing teams in high-pressure environments from aircraft carriers to combat to TOPGUN to the business world, I’ve learned that the keys to leading […]

Leading Teams Through Uncertainty Part 3: Better and Stronger — the Utility of Resiliency

(Part three in a three-part series) Over the past century, Bell Laboratories has been one of the most innovative organizations in the world. It was founded in 1925 as the R&D arm of the Bell Telephone Company (now known as […]

Leading Teams Through Uncertainty Part 2: “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change” – Heraclitus

(Part two in a three-part series) Change management guru John Kotter, a former leadership professor at Harvard Business School and author of the New York Times best-selling book Leading Change, says, “Perhaps the greatest challenge business leaders face today is […]

Leading Teams Through Uncertainty Part 1: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

(Part one in a three-part series) One of my favorite “philosophers” of all time is Yogi Berra. As an All-Star baseball catcher for the New York Yankees from 1946 to 1963, he had a gift for making sense of things […]