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Hiring with Alignment

Hiring team members is a critical responsibility for leaders. It’s also an area where mistakes are commonly made. In Rookie Mistakes: Advice From Top Executives on 5 Critical Leadership Errors five senior executive leaders were willing to share their mistakes and learning about hiring (and firing) team members.  Christine Talbot, Senior Vice President of Human…

Creating A Safe Workplace with Clarity

Marc Cameron, Managing Director, Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper Great leaders understand that clarity, whether it be of company purpose, values, objectives or priorities, is important for the health of a team and organization. While clarity is important for all leaders, my friend Marc Cameron knows that lack of clarity can be catastrophic for his team…

The Importance of Clarity

“I’ve learned over time that a key leadership responsibility is to force clarity, especially with respect to roles, appropriate behaviors, communications, and decisions made in meetings.” —Richard Brilliant, Chief Audit Officer and Senior Vice President, Risk Advisory and Assurance Services, Carnival Corporation Clarity is vital for organizational health. And while the importance of clarity is…

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…