In our many years coaching and developing leaders, we have learned that giving feedback is a major obstacle for most managers. Many leaders are uncomfortable with having frank conversations with their direct reports and especially delivering critical, or negative feedback. They are often afraid of...

Each of us comes with some learned or comfortable modes of operating, which shapes our leadership style.   Some of us prefer to think out loud, while others prefer not to speak until they have developed a fully-formed idea. We may even want to confirm it with...

Have you ever wished you could learn a new skill or get better at something?  Or even change a habit? It's usually hard, and you can make it easier. Smart researchers in business, academia and the military are working to enhance learning, performance and creativity. They have...

Our last blog post looked at how to establish Ground Rules for your meeting. Now, it’s time to look at how to make efficient use of your time. This means having some structure to hold everyone to the objective you have set out and making...

The first step in conducting a successful meeting is to establish the rules of engagement. It is important to establish standards of behavior that keep the meeting moving, while respecting every participant’s input and value to the group. The tool for this is a set of...