A Model for Training

Develop Yourself | Developing Others | Training Training People is a Leadership Function One of the most important roles of a leader is to develop the capabilities of the people who report to them. Formal, professional training and attending conferences are important...

Delegation Misfire

Delegating | Leader-Follower | Micromanagement | Trust Case-Based Example of What Not to Do   by Gordon Whitehead, Founder of Leaders247 This case provides an example of how it can be complicated to effectively delegate if you are under management scrutiny and...

Don’t Delegate Your Opportunity

Delegating | Empowering Keep Your Unique Opportunities Unfortunately, sometimes leaders feel they are too busy to take care of an assignment that really is uniquely theirs. The idea of delegating all that you can is based on sound logic. However, as related in the...

Rachel’s First Meeting

Meetings | New Leaders Fictional Case by Gordon Whitehead, Founder of Leaders247 Rachel is new to the company and is having her first management team meeting. After you read the case, how do you think she did?  The Meeting Rachel greeted each of the team members with...

Micromanagement vs. Engagement

Empowering | Micromanagement Empowerment is a Circle of Engagement We interviewed Mark James, a Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Procurement, and Communications at Honeywell, and asked him about leadership and empowerment. In this segment of his interview he...

Recipe for Empowerment

Empowering | Transparency | Trust Authority + Resources = Empowerment Logic of the Recipe The word empower is comprised of two parts: em + power. The etymology of the word “em” or “en” comes from French and Latin words that mean...

The Mistake Top Leaders Make

Delegating We interviewed Enrique Washington, who is the Head of Executive Talent Acquisition at ESPN, on the topic of leadership and talent management. The audio clip in this section was his response to the question, “What is the most serious mistake leaders...

The Power of Leader Engagement as an Incentive

Culture | Engage | Engagement | Motivation | Recognition | Team | Team Productivity | Trust People Want to Do More When people feel engaged they want to give their energy and their ideas to help the organization to be successful. Here are four ideas to help increase...

Culture Leads to Engagement

Culture | Engagement | Motivation Employee – to – Employee Engagement Cyriac Roeding is a German-American entrepreneur and was the CBS Executive Vice President who started the CBS Mobile division. In the above video he explains how culture is like a wind...

Four Indicators of Leadership

Discipline | Morale | Motivation | Team Assess Your Leadership 4 Simple Ways to Assess Your Leadership Impact The good news is you don’t have to buy a tool, develop a survey, or hire a consultant. If a leader is really honest with him or herself, then this simple...

Lead from the Why

Leader-Follower | Motivation | Strategic Execution | Vision | Your Why Purpose, Cause, Belief are Strong Triggers Simon Sinek’s TED talk explores the point that great leaders are able to inspire others to action because they operate from a position of the...

Why People Follow Leaders

Leader-Follower | Motivation | Vision People Choose You Subscription leadership is the millennial pattern – and it’s a good one. Like social media, where we choose who to follow and unfollow with a click, followers do the same with leaders. The upshot of this model is...

Make Meaning out of Work

Motivation | Productivity | Team Productivity Dan Ariely The fact is, people who work in the knowledge industry want their work to be valued, they want to be valued, they want their time to be used wisely, and they want to contribute to great things. Great leaders...

Don’t Collect Rocks

Making Meaning out of Work | Morale | Motivation Destroying Morale Making sure meaningful work happens requires a leader to slow-down, to clearly prioritize, and to work with the team to define clear and firm concepts for what the work is going to be. Remember, your...

Motivation – What Works?

Motivation Short-Term & Long-Term Impact Modern management and leadership myth suggests that people can be motivated to certain actions with a strong verbal queue or some sort of “kick in the pants” approach. Even at the highest performing athletics...

Motivation and Incentives

Economy of Incentives | Incentives | Knowledge-Worker | Motivation What Motivates Someone? One of the most challenging experiences in leadership is identifying and implementing techniques to help people achieve at their highest levels. What motivates someone to higher...

Evolution of Labor and Motivation

History | Incentives | Motivation Understand the Journey But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding. Agrarian Era The...

What is a Competency

Competency | Developing Others | Hiring | Talent Management | Tools for Leaders We interviewed Enrique Washington who is currently a Senior Talent Development leader at ESPN and is the author of Competencies at Work: Providing a Common Language for Talent Management....