Coaching and Performance Management

When Performance Management replaced Performance Evaluation in Organizations, it was going to give leadership a different definition and much more credibility and accountability to all members of a team. Instead of having little control over personal development within the organization, leaders and team members could begin to create relationships that would develop a workforce with […]

The Leadership Choice

Every home and every organization has structure. Structure is the invisible field that influences behavior. Systems expert Peter Senge of M.I.T. defines structure as “choices made over time.” Choices made over time becomes the “way we do things”. The way we do things comes from the way we think–our beliefs, assumptions, and perceptions. Every relationship […]

Leadership Lessons from the Great Pyramids – PART 1 of 2

Evidence uncovered by Faunal experts Redding and Lehner prove it… It was not slaves who built the great pyramids. It was gangs of motivated, dedicated, and well organized individuals who had a purpose… …And over 4500 years later, when viewing the astonishing accomplishments of the great pyramid builders through modern Directive Communication psychology, we find […]

Management: Parts is Parts – NOT!

Each person on a team has a specific role. Generally, on the senior executive team each person is responsible for a particular function, geography or product. The same structure usually applies at other levels in the organization as well. This can easily translate into silos – functional groups that work in isolation from other groups […]

Delegation: Whack-a-Mole Management

Remember the Whack-a-Mole game? For many organizations, the end of the fiscal year is prime season for Whack-a-Mole. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Whack-a-Mole is a children’s arcade game where the child stands with a rubber mallet in front of a table, waiting for the Moles to pop up. As they pop up, […]

Management: The Illusion of Control

Command and control” just doesn’t work very well as a management approach. Perhaps it never did, but until the last couple of decades managers enjoyed the illusion of “command and control” in their organizations. I was reminded at a party last Saturday night of just how wide the gap is between what we know and […]