Paralyzed by a different kind of Debt

  I owe, I owe so off to work I go... but what do we owe an employee? I had a conversation with a business owner who told me that he felt like he couldn't let go of an employee whose position had outgrown her. "Why?", I asked.  "I...

The Three L’s to Change a Culture

I was recently reminded of some great advice given to me by Jay Desko  of The Center. He shared with me that the best way to pursue a successful leadership role in a new organization is to Listen, Learn then Lead . As an outsider coming into an...

Craft Beer and the “Curse of Knowledge”

Need a new Niche? I recently met with a business leader who was faced with the daunting task of searching for a new niche. He described major changes in his market (think Amazon getting into your vertical) that have forced his formerly successful...

Feedback Loops and the Speed of Iteration

A dear friend of mine who is also in the early stages of starting a business to serve other business leaders, recently lamented with me about the frustrations of not fully knowing where we stand. You see we are both used to designing...

Yelling – The Ultimate Litmus Test

 Is there yelling at your company? I once was "involved" with a business where the owners yelled at each other in meetings, in the hallways, and behind closed doors. By the way, when you yell behind closed doors the doors might as well be...

A $10,000 Post-it Note

 My favorite, I mean absolute favorite, exercise to do with a team has to do with a Post-it Note. Anybody still use them? Funny that with all of the technology options available to capture a thought, I still see Agile software...

Spinning Plates?

    Spinning plates is crazy!   It may be entertaining in the world of America's got Talent but not in the marketplace.  I worked with a business that spun at least 4-5 plates for every client.  4-5 unique...

Why Imperfect Insights?

  I need to be honest. As the imperfect leader, I'm scared to death to share my insights. Can someone who is flawed and imperfect like me add any value to you? My grammar is poor, my experience narrow, and my thoughts untested. Wait, is that even...