5 Questions All Employees Wish They Could Ask Their Bosses

5 Questions All Employees Wish They Could Ask Their Bosses

Employees don’t always ask managers the hard questions. Perhaps they fear repercussion for asking the “wrong” question, they don’t know if certain questions are taboo, they don’t want to expose their lack of knowledge, or they are afraid of taking risks in general. Whatever the reason, experience shows that if employees don’t get the information [...]

How to Set Organizational Goals: Less Is More

How to Set Organizational Goals: Less Is More

Why are phone numbers structured in chunks? Because the human brain remembers groups of three or four at best. Try to memorize a string of numbers and you will inevitably forget one or two. The same is true for setting organizational goals. Goal setting is one of the more challenging tasks that leaders face–Google has [...]

This Common Myth Is Destroying Your Company's Creativity (Here's How to Avoid the Trap)

This Common Myth Is Destroying Your Company’s Creativity (Here’s How to Avoid the Trap)

There’s a pervasive myth in the professional world that holding employees accountable for their work somehow prevents them from reaching their creative potential. This myth couldn’t be further from the truth, but it’s easy to see where it comes from — a basic misunderstanding of what real accountability is. True accountability isn’t punitive. It is [...]

10 Tips When Onboarding to a New Leadership Position

10 Tips When Onboarding to a New Leadership Position

I was recently visiting with a potential client, and at the close of our conversation, I asked her if there was something I could do to help her. She indicated that there were so many new leaders entering their organization that she wished she had a list of principles or concepts that she could give [...]

4 Ways to Avoid Pre-crastination (And Boost Your Creativity)

4 Ways to Avoid Pre-crastination (And Boost Your Creativity)

As you might have guessed, pre-crastination is the opposite of procrastination. Procrastinators put things off. Pre-crastinators do things too quickly. Let’s start with your own diagnosis. Take a short test: 1- If you get an e-mail about a major problem, do you reply within the hour or do you wait until you’ve thought it through? [...]

How to Prioritize the Right Goals for a Successful Future

How to Prioritize the Right Goals for a Successful Future

Why are phone numbers structured in chunks? Because the human brain remembers groups of three or four at best. Try to memorize a string of numbers and you will inevitably forget one or two. The same is true for setting goals. Setting goals is one of the more challenging tasks that leaders face–Google has even [...]

The 3 Steps to Transforming Millennials into Powerhouses

The 3 Steps to Transforming Millennials into Powerhouses

Accountability is a hot topic as millennials take the majority position among generations in the workforce. There are new challenges that businesses must tackle to engage millennials and have them remain focused on business results. These include everything from communicating purpose to establishing work-from-home policies. But what about company priorities? We’ll get to that. The [...]

Data Shows Your Startup Probably Won't Last without These 3 Things

Data Shows Your Startup Probably Won’t Last without These 3 Things

We’ve all heard the grim data about startups’ success rates: 8 out of 10 will fail within the first year and 96% percent will fail within the first 10 years. If it’s challenging for a startup to get liftoff, the odds are even further stacked against entrepreneurs building a startup that thrives in today’s global [...]

Burst your “Filter Bubble” to Make Better Decisions

Burst your “Filter Bubble” to Make Better Decisions

We all have an inordinate number of cognitive biases, or ways in which our brains function irrationally. As a result, we constantly make illogical decisions and even mistakes because we see a narrow slice of reality. That’s the basis of Daniel Kahneman’s research in his book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” and Michael Lewis‘ new book, [...]