What the Best Managers Do Differently

Dear Leaders, Low employee engagement is a pressing concern that many of you have expressed in our conversations. How can we improve it? Recent Gallup studies provide some insight: – Only 33% of employees are fully engaged and thriving. – 51% are ‘quiet quitting’, meaning doing the bare minimum. – And the remaining 16% are… Continue reading What the Best Managers Do Differently

Why and How to be a Decisive Leader

Dear Leaders, Once again, the business landscape is ripe with opportunities for leaders bold enough to risk a false step on their quest for the right course. Embracing safety is now synonymous with embracing risk. You are tasked with navigating an increasingly complex world. While a cautious stance may seem prudent, don’t fall for it.… Continue reading Why and How to be a Decisive Leader

Feeling Threatened by your Subordinate’s Rapid Ascent? Stop It.

Dear Leaders, Fun fact: If you’re good at your job, your employer does not want to replace you. It’s just not in their best interest. Why? Because they need the job done well and it’s extremely difficult to find a good replacement. A fact that’s even more fun:  If you’re excellent at your job, you’ll… Continue reading Feeling Threatened by your Subordinate’s Rapid Ascent? Stop It.

Leading through Meaning

Dear Leaders, I remember the story of sixteen-year-old Darren Schultz working on his family’s station wagon, which was hoisted by a jack. Suddenly, the jack slipped, and Darren’s right leg was pinned under the car. As his father frantically tried to reposition the jack, it was Darren’s mother who took decisive action. With strength that… Continue reading Leading through Meaning

Leading with Assertiveness

Dear Leaders, Ever had that nagging feeling in a meeting? The one where you know you should speak up, but there’s this invisible force pushing you back into your chair? Maybe it’s fear. Maybe it’s insecurity. Or perhaps it’s just Monday morning blues. Especially if you’re a New York Giants fan. Let’s call that force… Continue reading Leading with Assertiveness

Leading Through Tough Conversations

Dear Leaders, As a senior executive, there’s no skirting around it: you will need to have tough conversations. From delivering feedback on subpar performance to discussing company changes that might not be popular, these discussions are unavoidable. More often than not, executives sidestep them, fearing potential repercussions. But doing so often leads to deeper complications… Continue reading Leading Through Tough Conversations

What’s Your Story?

Dear Leaders, Stories have the power to cause revolutions. What is a revolution? Simply put, a radical and abrupt change. This letter isn’t about how to stir up a revolution. Most of us are in fortunate enough circumstances where the organizations we lead don’t need to be revolutionized. Your task as a leader, albeit complicated,… Continue reading What’s Your Story?

Decision Fatigue in Senior Leadership Roles

Dear Leaders, You’re in the business of making decisions. Every decision you make impacts the entire organization. Granted, some decisions are more impactful than others, but, in your capacity, all of them carry significant weight. In the words of Ted Lasso, “Given the good ol’ fact that you’re a human being that gets worn out… Continue reading Decision Fatigue in Senior Leadership Roles

Work-Life Integration for Senior Executives

Dear Leaders, Work-life integration is a progressive approach that, unlike work-life balance, does not compartmentalize professional and personal life but sees them as interconnected. For senior executives like you, effective work-life integration is critical for personal well-being, professional success, and overall productivity and innovation within the organization. Here’s a comprehensive view: The Concept Work-life integration… Continue reading Work-Life Integration for Senior Executives

Leadership at the Pinnacle: Navigating Conflicts

Dear Leaders, Navigating the high-stakes world of senior executive leadership isn’t just about strategic foresight or business acumen. It’s also about maneuvering the intricate interpersonal dynamics that are inherent at this altitude of corporate decision-making. When conflicts arise at this level, their ripple effect is felt throughout an entire organization. In this letter, I offer… Continue reading Leadership at the Pinnacle: Navigating Conflicts