Organizational Accountability

Gut Check for Leaders: Are You Realizing the Compounding Effect of Leadership Development?

Back in the fall of 2011, we hired Jenny onto the team I was leading at the time. She was our first team member who would fill a new junior consulting role. It was an important strategic move for us as we built more scale into our business.  When Jenny joined, I was impressed with […]

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Gut Check for Leaders: Do you value the lives of your employees?

Last week, my team and I celebrated the fifth anniversary of our company. We also celebrated Carole Clarke, a critical team member and employee number two. She has spent five years with LCI and has been a critical member of the team since almost day one. It’s an opportune moment for all leaders to recognize

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Leadership is Not an Individual Act

BIG IDEA: Organizations need to focus on revisiting and strengthening their cultures right now “All organizations have lost a step or two, in terms of what their culture means—there’s been a slight degradation,” Andrew Pateman, the vice president of people, culture, and performance at Canadian Blood Services, told me recently on our Lead the Future

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Is Your Extended Leadership Team Giving You A Competitive Edge?

Note: A version of this was previously published on Forbes. I recently had a conversation with a new CEO. We were discussing the immediate challenges she faced in her organization. Her biggest concern was with her extended leadership team—the most senior leaders in the company. In her short time with the organization, she observed that

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FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING”: Insights from a CEO on Leadership Skills Required to Succeed

BIG IDEA: Acknowledging the challenges of the past is part of moving towards the future.  “We went through a period where we needed to consciously change our thinking, from surviving to thriving,” Ron Harper, the president and CEO of JFE Power Canada Incorporated, told me recently on our Lead the Future podcast.   Harper has been

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“Fast is Not Good Enough”: The Lead the Future Podcast with Barbara Bahry

BIG IDEA: Building leadership accountability is a long game.  “Fast is not good enough when it comes to developing leaders,” Barbara Bahry, Odlum Brown’s VP of Organizational Development, told me recently on our Lead the Future podcast. “You’ve got to be committed, consistent, and playing the long game so that it’s not seen as a

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“We Are Built for Community”: The Lead the Future Podcast with Gina Bianchini

BIG IDEA: Build community by asking yourself who needs you right now. In the leadership arena, the dominant model is still surprisingly focused on individual achievement. Yet, the things that really matter in an organization happen when leaders come together in community, and in doing so, are able to accomplish something they could never have

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Are You Clear On The Value You Provide As A Leader?

Are You Clear on the Value You Provide as a Leader?

Note: A version of this was previously published on Forbes. Collaboration and teamwork are essential to the success of today’s companies. While these have always been important, modern businesses have more integrated strategies that demand leaders to work across departments, functions, and business units to achieve successful outcomes. However, many leaders struggle to work collaboratively,

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Gut Check for Leaders: Are You Neglecting Your Duty of Oversight as a Leader?

THE BIG IDEA: As a leader, you have five core leadership obligations – to yourself, your customers, your organization, your employees, and your community. Failure to grasp the importance of these obligations has far-reaching consequences and can negatively impact daily operations of your business. CASE IN POINT:    In a groundbreaking legal ruling, the Delaware Court

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