Empowering the Secret Backbone of Your Business

Empowering the Secret Backbone of Your Business “Middle management is a vital yet beleaguered role within organizations.” (McKinsey Global Survey, published 2023)1 Recent studies2 show that middle managers often lack the development, empowerment, and appreciation they need, despite being the glue that holds everything together. What’s your experience been? Are middle managers thought of and…

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Courage to Overcome The Internal Struggle

(The following is an excerpt from our regular newsletter. If you want to get insights like these delivered to your inbox on a regular basis, subscribe here.) The Internal Struggle No doubt everyone of us can think of something we would like to change about our current reality. So why is it that days can…

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Simple is Good

“Simple is good.” When I think of this phrase, it takes me back to a time early in my career. I had moved into the information technology department of a fast-growing company, and I was responsible for software configuration. It was a robust warehouse management system that was new technology to the world and to…

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A Leadership Essential

If you spend any time on our site or others about leadership, you can easily be overwhelmed. There seem to be so many methods to becoming a good leader. But there are some things that are more important to remember than others. We believe that self-awareness is one of those. To become a leader that…

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The Best Way to Support

Good managers or leaders are able to provide the right support and the right challenge at the right times. That’s what we call calibrating your leadership to the situation. (To download a free instruction guide and the Support Challenge Matrix tool, check out this page.) It’s important for you the leader to show support to…

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The Best Way to Challenge

As a manager or leader, it’s important to calibrate your leadership approach to include support and challenge. (To learn more about The Support Challenge Matrix, check out our free instruction guide and tool.) But they can’t be generic. Both have to be specific in nature and feedback if you are going to develop into a…

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Know Yourself To Lead Yourself

“The toughest person to lead is always yourself.” – John C. Maxwell “You never graduate from the school of self-awareness.” – Steve Cochram Know Yourself to Lead Yourself These two concepts come together in a tool called “Know Yourself Lead Yourself.” I find it to be the foundation of so much of our work in…

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