Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

fridays inspirational vid: are you living a life of immersion?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I found this to be a powerful video by Jacqueline Novogratz on living a life of immersion.  Of the need for leaders who are not drawn by money to fill a purpose but by passion and the willingness to live in that passion (ie immersion) understanding that taking "the road less traveled" also means making sacrifices to be the difference only you can be in the world.  As you watch this, I ask that you think about your purpose.  Your passion.  What changes and what sacrifices would you need to live a life of immersion?  Are you willing to go there?

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coaching your promotees to success

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Promotion2 This post is inspired by Steve Tobak.  Back in July he wrote a post entitled Why That Big Promotion Can Be a Curse. Steve's post focused on failed CEO promotions in light of the BP debacle but it really got me to thinking about failed promotions at all levels of an organization and "why those little promotions can also be a curse".

In North American culture, we are taught from early ages to desire "status".  Early on    Read More

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010



Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.


Today‚Äôs fast-paced business environment requires that organizations develop strategic plans in order to navigate and    Read More

when the office bully gets promoted

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Bully Let me set the scene:  You are in a business meeting with "Bill".  Bill is very good at his job and always offers great input BUT his social skills are a bit lacking (to put things mildly).  At this particular meeting, Bill was particularly abrasive, seemingly more concerned with demonstrating his display of knowledge rather than resolving the issue at hand.  It goes without saying that this display also came at the expense of one or    Read More

find motivating employees tough? this may help

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Motivating employees It's an age old story of productivity - some employees are hard charging git 'er done types while others seemingly need a cattle prod. Yes, these examples are the extremes but finding ways to keep employees motivated even when you are the best type of leader can sometimes be challenging.  Wouldn't it be nice if we all had organizations full of high-achieving, initiative-taking, only-come-to-you-when-they-REALLY-hit-a-brick-wall employees?  Why is that so tough?

Well, the truth is that unless you have a crystal    Read More

We are now one of the TOP 50 LEADERSHIP BLOGS!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Thank you Leadership on Speed, LLC was notified this week that our blog is now ranked as one of the Top 50 Leadership blogs according to Blog Rank.  We wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to our readers and supporters for making this possible!  We appreciate your continued feedback and topic ideas and are committed to continuing to bring content that serves you best.

Continue to be great!

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what an Undercover Boss can teach us

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Undercover boss Admittedly, I'm not much for reality TV but if you missed last night's premier episode of Undercover Boss following the Super Bowl, you missed some great 'undercover' leadership lessons from the Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.) of a $13 billion company.  The opportunity to watch a senior executive at such a large company was really too cool to miss.

If you didn't have a chance to watch, Lawrence (Larry) O'Donnell, III, President and    Read More

managers as leaders and leaders as managers

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Mgtvleader Although leaders and managers have very distinct roles, there is little doubt that in today's business environment leaders must be willing to wear a management hat and managers would do well to incorporate leadership skills.  They are flip sides of a very complimentary coin.

If you are often confused on the distinctions between leaders managers, here are a few brought to you courtesy of Warren Bennis:

  • The manager asks how and when; the leaders asks what and why
  • The manager has an    Read More

how many of these leadership mistakes are you making?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Mistakes As a leader, you do the best job you can.  If you are like most, you have an ideal leadership style and an actual one.  Unfortunately, our quest to get the mission accomplished combined with numerous daily fires often have us often falling short of the ideal and what's left behind - the actual, lends itself to committing some of the most basic (and non-basic) of leadership errors.  For example, how often do you knowingly overload a star performer?  We expect star performers    Read More

better leaders do produce better results

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Inspiring group As a leadership consultant, I speak to companies every day about the impact strong leadership has on the bottom-line of the organization.  We sort of know that great leaders produce great results, but why? 

To answer this, I want to share some research conducted by ZengerFolkman which demonstrated that:

Good leaders create more economic value than poor leaders and extraordinary leaders create significantly more economic value than the rest.

While we intuitively know that    Read More