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Meetings with Alignment

My friend Scott Ault, the Executive VP of Workplace Solutions at Mutual of Omaha, does not like unproductive or unnecessary meetings. I think it’s safe to say, most executives don’t. In my book Rookie Mistakes Scott shared with me how he learned to make sure meetings brought his team and organization closer to their shared goals.  This…

Tools For Better Meetings

“In any organization, employees watch the executive team very closely. That goes for all behaviors, including how meetings are run. If the leadership runs poor meetings, it cascades down and perpetuates itsel” Chief Justice (retired) Linda Copple Trout Running Truly Awful meetings is a common mistake I see leaders make. This happens because they are missing…

Advice For My Graduating Daughter

  I was asked recently what advice I would give to my 18-year-old daughter, Elena, as she graduated high school this month and moves on to college in the fall.   My first thought was a family favorite quote that we share a laugh about every ski season. It was originally offered by a ski…

The Power of Recognition

    As leaders, it is easy to get busy and forget to recognize those who are doing good work on our teams. In Rookie Mistakes, my good friend David Kroll shares lessons he learned about the power of recognition.   Recognition, in many cases, can be free, yet the value for employee satisfaction, engagement, and…

A Common Leadership Mistake

A common challenge both for me as a leader and for many of the leaders I work with is finding the right level of involvement with the people we lead. Some leaders err on the side of too much involvement––micromanagement––especially common when the work is in an area where we are an expert. Others err…

Questions For Clarity

  I recently ran across an article in Inc. about the three questions that Oprah uses to start all her meetings and ensure the meeting purpose is clear. When I work with leaders and teams I always try to emphasize the power of clarity when it comes to all communication, and meetings are a great opportunity…

Giving and Receiving Feedback-TableGroup Thoughts from the Field.

  “As leaders, it is critical that we provide honest and direct feedback, sometimes publicly and at other times privately, when things go right and when they go wrong.” (Mike McHargue)   Let’s talk about feedback. This article was first shared in “Thoughts from the Field” a newsletter from the Table Group where we share insights and…

Communication Is The Key

Your time matters.  I’m sharing one quick tip that can improve your leadership and organizational health.    It’s been just about a month since The Table Group’s Unconference 2018 in Dallas Texas.  I’m still thinking about some of the speakers and lessons shared.  Make sure you are on the list for Unconference 2019, you won’t…

Identify the Priority: Quick Leadership Tip

What is your PRIORITY?   Notice I didn’t ask about your priorities. It’s been written about most famously by Greg McKeown in Essentialism. “The word priority came into the English language in the 1400’s.  It was singular.  It meant the very first or prior thing.  It stayed singular for the next five hundred years.  Only…

Unconfernce 2019: Best Leadership Lesson

Two weeks removed from the Table Group UnConference in Dallas, I am still reflecting on some of the great things I heard and learned.  Alan Mulally shared one leadership insight that I am still thinking about. This quote speaks to the importance of team norms and the leaders’ role in holding the team accountable to…