Borderless Leadership

The case for more silence in meetings

June 17, 2019

There are approximately 55 million meetings a day in the United States. Although they often have many different purposes and goals, these meetings are typically conducted in the same way, time and time again. Namely, individuals gather together, virtually or face-to-face, to talk about a..

Algorithms are replacing leadership strategies

As people who hope our children or grandchildren will never drive, we read with interest a recent New York Times opinion piece claiming that Owning a Car Will Soon Be as Quaint as Owning a Horse. As the author smartly put it, “everything that can..

Bubbles pop, downturns stop

June 6, 2019

Economic downturns are impossible to predict and sure as sunrise. Build resilience now, because when the sun comes up, you’d better be moving. Waste no time trying to predict the next economic cycle. The running joke is that “experts” correctly anticipated seven out of the..

Recognizing the doers who helped get us to the dance

June 4, 2019

The doers run the machines, they make the calls, they enter the data, they pack, they load they drive the vehicles…they add the value. It’s highly improbable that anyone reading this came out of school and started at the ‘top’ as a president or CEO…

The journey to an agile organization

May 30, 2019

Agility is catching fire, and there is growing recognition of its transformational benefits. But moving to an agile operating model is tough, especially for established companies. There are several paths to agility and many different starting points, yet successful agile transformations all share the common..

What successful entrepreneurs do every day before work

May 29, 2019

Night owls might be creative, but early risers are richer and more productive. Entrepreneurs who want to make it big should ditch the late-night brainstorm sessions and hit the hay early to help their companies grow. By waking up earlier than most, I have time..

Leadership communication through layers: A simple approach

May 23, 2019

Remember when you had only two direct reports? How easy was it to connect with your team through one-on-ones, hallway conversations and the occasional lunch? Communication was flowing. Everyone was on the same page, and issues were nipped in the bud quickly. Fast forward to..

Leadership traps in a crisis and how to climb out

May 20, 2019

Boeing and The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) do not appear to have much in common but they do; each has seriously damaged the trust they once enjoyed. Though their circumstances are different, each has succumbed to big, but invisible leadership traps that do not..

How to project leadership pesence in a virtual environment

May 15, 2019

Being perceived as a leader is the essence of leadership presence. While most of my coaching focuses on helping leaders enhance their presence in face-to-face encounters, I also realize that a different set of skills is required for projecting leadership presence when communicating virtually. Communication..

Three keys to faster, better decisions

May 13, 2019

Decision makers fed up with slow or subpar results take heart. Three practices can help improve decision making and convince skeptical business leaders that there is life after death by committee. Two years ago, we wrote about how it was simultaneously the best and worst..