Leadership Versus Series: Thoughts vs Feelings

Like my previous Leadership Versus posts, thoughts and feelings are as much about you understanding yourself as it is about you understanding others. In fact, the more and better you know yourself, the better you can lead and positively influence others.   Language Challenges   Thoughts are linear, but also logical or illogical in my…

Leadership Versus Series: Leadership vs Management

This age-old discussion about leadership and management will never go away, nor should it. It is critical for leaders to know the difference between leadership and management and when to apply each. While management is necessary for all work settings, it differs from leading.    Lower-Case “l” versus Upper-Case “L”   My friend Marty Strong…

Leadership Versus Series: Voice vs Vote with Employees

In my organization, all employees’ voices will be heard. If you have something to say and can present it in a manner that does not attack your teammates, I am all ears. If you think it is necessary to attack your teammates, experience tells me that you are probably wrong, but I will still listen.…

Leadership Versus Series: Performance vs Behavior in Employee Management

When it comes to employee management, why are some people forgiven while others are fired for issues at work? Utilizing a performance versus behavior approach answers the question with great clarity. I have found this to be one of the most valuable tools at a leader’s disposal in making decisions regarding retaining, retraining, reassigning, or…

There’s No Money for That

You have heard this before…”There’s no money for that.”  You ask your boss for a raise, or a new piece of equipment such as a computer or other new technology, or to attend a training event or to hire another team member, or for a working air conditioning system, or a first aid kit, or…

Defining Leadership

When I think of defining leadership, I think of a time when I visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa when I was stationed in Italy. It was great fun as we rode our Harley Davidson motorcycles from Sicily Italy to Silkeborg Denmark. In Italy, I remember marveling at The Leaning Tower of Pisa with its…

DE&I from Military to Private Sector

Given the recent report that the US Navy is not battle-ready but is 100% trained in DE&I initiatives, I am compelled to share my DE&I experience during my 26-year career in US Navy Special Operations as a Deep Sea Diver, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD Technician) contrasted against what I see and experience as a…

What is Conscious Leadership?

What is conscious leadership? What is a conscious leader? Why is conscious leadership important? In discussing conscious leadership, and discussing everything regarding leadership, I like to refer back to the basics, and the basics, in this case, begin with a definition.  Merriam-Webster defines “conscious” as: 1: having mental faculties not dulled by sleep, faintness, or…

How Leadership Traits Create a Lifelong Reputation

Do you remember the great people that you worked for and their leadership traits? How about the not-so-great ones? What about your teachers and coaches? I certainly remember the leader who had faith in me when I did not have faith in myself. I remember the hockey coach who, rather than scream at me in…

Why Culture and Values Matter Most in Leadership

What does leadership have to do with culture and values? Culture and Values in the workplace matter more to U.S. workers than all other categories including pay and compensation. The same is true for France, the UK, Canada, and Germany.  What enables culture and values? Consider the second most important factor – Senior Leadership. If…

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