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Leading through Change

January 1, 2015

“Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day.”
— Frances Hesselbein
The Key to Cultural Transformation, Leader to Leader (Spring 1999)

I love this quote. With all the change happening today, mergers, acquisitions, changes in political and economic landscapes, change management skills are critical. If your leaders are not working together and collectively leading through change, you may be left behind by companies that understand and require their leaders to ditch the “take it or leave it attitude” and lead through difficult times. This requires leaders who can articulate a vision and inspire the team to follow, if you have those leaders hold on tight they are in demand!

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Know when you’re done

December 3, 2014

“When a mature and able manager feels bored, he should seriously consider changing jobs, changing companies—or simply retiring. It is not fair to anyone for half a leader to hold a full-time leadership job.”
— James L. Hayes

If you have an expiration date recognize it and respect it, it is your legacy that will benefit.
Tammy

Change is hard!

November 21, 2014

“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have—and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.”
— James Belasco and Ralph Stayer
Flight of the Buffalo (1994)

Real change is not taking what you have a dressing it up a bit,  it takes hard work, an open mind and the willingness to make mistakes!

There is always something or someone to learn from

November 18, 2014

“One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.”
— Robert E. Quinn

 I believe that If you have nothing left to learn you have nothing left to give. I am not the same person I was yesterday and look forward to evolving into tomorrow.

Equal Opportunity to Earn Your Stripes!

November 14, 2014

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony

I love this quote. Everything else we earn, male or female based on our drive, our desire and our ambition.

Absurd Conversations

October 28, 2014

There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This quote is all about changing the conversation.   How absurd that we refer to the brain as male or female. I am not disputing the fact that women have different qualities than men but that’s what they are qualities, not defining factors that project females to be so different that we cannot accomplish the same challenges of the mind as men.

10 Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Valued

October 27, 2014

“Feelings” are often a “dirty” word in the business arena. Many senior executives are not comfortable dealing with feelings, yet introducing humanity into your leadership persona (brand) is critical to your success – especially at the top of a great organization.

At a recent Wharton Club presentation in South Florida, the participants benefitted from embracing feelings as they explored their mindsets, values and the need for “stay” interviews with key employees.

Here are the two notions they embraced: The first is a quote from my book Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders; the second is a message I deliver in keynotes that I perform for clients:

  1. To quote Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you   did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    My belief: Leadership skills are often derided as “soft” skills by those who…

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