Borderless Leadership

When leadership turns toxic: The fine line between being tough and being a bully

February 20, 2019

Shortly after Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her bid to become the next Democratic nominee for president, horror stories began popping up detailing years of consistent abusive treatment of her staff. The reports contended that her reputation made it difficult to recruit someone to manage her..

Ask these 2 simple questions to grow as a leader

February 14, 2019

Many times when I begin a coaching engagement, there can be a considerable amount of debate because in the client’s eyes, he or she has achieved a goal–when in fact the organization’s leadership thinks there is some coaching needed in leadership areas. In my experience,..

Standing Tall: Two lessons on (great) leadership that apply to every company

February 13, 2019

The concept of leadership has been prevalent throughout the history of mankind, it has paved the way for civilizations’ successes, as well as their collapses. The same applies to organizations in today’s highly competitive corporate world, where leaders must be able to guide, influence, and..

Starting strong: Board relations for first-time executives

February 4, 2019

For a first-time association executive, getting to know the board can be a daunting prospect. How can a freshly minted CEO win the confidence of the organization’s volunteer leaders while establishing a foothold on the top job? Here’s how a few first-time CEOs navigated this..

How much you should share about your company with your team

January 30, 2019

Ever since I took my first company public in 1996, I have been a firm believer in sharing company information internally, and keeping team members informed. Before this event, I did the opposite. I kept everything on a “need to know” basis, because that’s what..

Traditional leadership models are losing relevance: Four areas to focus on in 2019

January 28, 2019

As teams evolve into increasingly self-regulated and autonomous units, the need for stability, direction and vision from leaders becomes critical. These changes, driven by technological innovation, disruption to business norms, uncertain political landscapes, and changing employee demographics and aspirations are pushing leaders to reevaluate their..

The 3 challenges every new CEO faces

January 24, 2019

Close to 50 percent of chief executives say that the role was “not what I expected beforehand.” This was one finding from a series of interviews we conducted recently with 20 current and former CEOs of large public companies, including Bupa, Husky Energy, Standard Chartered,..

Are we long—or short—on talent?

January 23, 2019

By looking at their supply of skills and talent in a new light today, organizations can take actions that better prepare their companies for tomorrow’s challenges. CEOs and HR leaders worried about the viability of their talent strategy may be excused an occasional sleepless night…

How to nail thought leadership in 3 (not-so-easy) steps

January 21, 2019

I work in thought leadership. It’s literally what I do for a living. I have 30 staff members in three offices around the world, and I even claim to be a thought leader myself. Recently, I was at a networking event where someone asked me,..

When leadership meets personal crisis: Four survivor mindset musts

January 17, 2019

Your leadership is in a state of flow. You manage your endless emails and effectively juggle overlapping meetings. You come in early, work through lunch and take work home with you. You are in control; you are indispensable. Stress is your norm, and you thrive..