Entries by gmader

Is your team a high performance team?

What is a high performance team? A lot has been written about this topic. I would like to keep it simple. For me a high performance team is: A team that is truly cohesive, aligned and trusting Everyone has each other’s back and people feel they are “in this together” Team members address and discuss […]

Are you coachable?

When it comes to coaching, it’s important to remember:

– Not everyone wants to be coached
– Not everyone needs to be coached
– Many have no control over who they coach and who coaches them

As a people manager, there is often an expectation that you coach and mentor members of your team. However, being someone’s boss always doesn’t provide a sufficient foundation for successful coaching.

Are you dreaming big enough?

Most teams approach strategy development by looking in their rear-view mirror. Starting from their present reality, they review their past successes and shortfalls. They analyze their capabilities and means. And, based on that analysis they project their expectations into the future – typically coming up with ‘best case’, ‘worst case’, and ‘most likely case’ scenarios. […]

How committed do you have to be?

Commitment often plays center-stage in our lives. Whether we are trying to lose weight, get in shape, get a promotion, make more money or achieve objectives, we often think in terms of being committed to the cause.

If we want to achieve an objective we know “we have to be committed.” When our friends and colleagues give us advice they often accuse us of not being committed enough, and they tell us to be “more committed.” And, when we fall short in our desired outcomes, we often beat ourselves up and feel guilty about the fact that we are simply “not committed enough”

On the other hand, some of us take commitment to the extreme opposite. We are so obsessed with carrying out our commitment that we often act with extreme intensity and drive ourselves to serious stress. We plan our every action, measure our every milestone or intake, announce our every achievement and fall apart with every setback. Our friends and colleagues often look at us with worry. They regard us as obsessive and fanatics and their advice is often to lighten up, chill or simply “stop taking your commitment so seriously!”

So, the question is: “How committed do we need to be to succeed?”

What is the most important aspect of any Organizational Transformation?

In most organizations, when people talk about Organizational Transformation, they typically mean a major reorganization or restructuring, a process re-engineering initiative or a system and tool upgrade. These things are very important, and at specific times in the evolution of a company they may be just what the organization needs in order to reach the […]

Are you a narcissistic leader?

I was speaking to a senior executive of a global technology company about leadership. During our conversation, he made an intriguing declaration: “I’d rather be a dwarf that manages giants, than a giant that manages dwarfs”. It was obvious to me that he was referring to the difference between narcissistic leaders who always take the […]

Do Senior Leaders have the courage to confront and own their shortfalls?

If you want to elevate your team to a new level of ownership, accountability and performance you have to start by taking stock of, and owning your current reality and past. You have to confront what worked, what didn’t work and what still isn’t working. Sometimes, you even have to take responsibility for things that […]

Don’t forget to give thanks!

This week, Americans are celebrating their Thanksgiving holiday. I am not American but I love Thanksgiving because I find the premise and practice of focusing on our life’s blessings and fortunes, as well as expressing gratitude to the people we respect and love, to be extremely healthy, empowering, and necessary to all people in all […]

A salute to Paris and Parisians.

I am dedicating this week’s blog to Paris and the Parisians. My blog is called Leading and Living Courageously, and I believe this week the Parisians deserve this designation. During the weekend terror attacks in Paris, there were so many acts of courage and bravery by ordinary citizens who went out of their way to […]