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Leadership Refined2022-03-08T17:39:11-07:00

The (Often) Neglected Practice of Praise

I was reminiscing this morning, the day after Father’s Day, about the many gifts and life lessons my 83-year-old father Steve has shared with me over the years. He is quiet and humble in the way he carries himself, preferring to [...]

June 20th, 2022|

Authoring Workplace Culture with Dr. Robert Nobles

Between the Great Resignation and new hybrid work policies, many leaders we engage with are currently guiding their teams through culture change. To help us on this journey, Dr. Robert Nobles, Vice President for Research Administration at Emory University, joins [...]

June 6th, 2022|

The 5 P’s of Resilience with Vivian Blade

Vivian Blade highlights the importance of partnership in resilience. That partnership begins with self, but then reaches out in the form of connection with others. During our conversation, Vivian walks leaders though each of the 5 P’s of Resilience, including [...]

May 9th, 2022|

Curated Content: The Courage to Get Curious

We're concluding our April focus on "Leading with Courage" this week with a curated episode on maximizing emotional intelligence. So far we’ve talked about the courage to lead, the courage to have difficult conversations–and this week we’re diving into the [...]

April 25th, 2022|

The Courage to Live Courageously

This month on The Leadership Foundry Podcast we have been talking a lot about courage. We’ve explored having the “courage to lead,” the “courage to have difficult conversations” and soon the “courage to get curious.”  Courage is a frequent topic of conversation [...]

April 22nd, 2022|

The Courage to Lead with Dave McKeown

 “Do you have the courage to lead?” Sounds like a simple question, but in a leader’s lifetime, there are many points of uncertainty. As a direct report, there are times when you must step up to fill the leadership [...]

April 18th, 2022|

The Great Resignation and 3 Things All Leaders Should Do

What motivated people to leave their jobs in droves this past year? Co-Founders Randy Hain and Brandon Smith sit down on The Leadership Foundry Podcast to discuss competing benefits, employee burnout and what leaders need to do to keep rockstar team members. 01:00 Brandon [...]

April 4th, 2022|

How to Identify and Thwart Time Thieves (and Not Become One)

Picture in your mind a likely familiar crime scene: the calendar. Every hour of every day during a typical business week, others (with likely good intentions) are trying to steal our time. “Time thieves” often hide right under our nose, comfortably situated between us [...]

March 31st, 2022|

When Leaders Embrace the Abundance Mindset

I was thinking about my mother Sandi this morning, who passed away almost 13 years ago. One of the many things I loved and admired about my mother was her generous nature and desire to help everyone she met. What you may [...]

March 24th, 2022|

Paying Attention to the Normalization of Defects

We all likely remember (or have read about) the tragic explosions of the space shuttles Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003) and the deaths of all crew members in both accidents.  As you may recall, NASA’s investigation into both explosions uncovered [...]

February 24th, 2022|

Cultivating Curiosity as a Skill

The greatest compliment was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought and attended to my answer. – Henry David Thoreau Curiosity is one of my favorite skills and one I have worked hard to develop ever since [...]

February 23rd, 2022|

Three Things All Leaders Should Be Doing Right Now

I was reflecting this morning about the countless conversations I have had with leaders in my network over the last few months and the consistent themes that have been present in most of them. Many leaders are feeling challenged to varying [...]

February 2nd, 2022|

Clarity Matters

As I sat down to write this latest blog post in the Simplify series, I once again pondered the conversations I have been having with clients and other business leaders over the last few months and was struck by a central theme [...]

March 6th, 2021|

Doubling Down on Business Relationships

I was reflecting this morning on the numerous conversations I have had with senior business leaders over the last several months.  When I ask questions about challenges they (and their teams) are experiencing at work, I often hear comments like [...]

February 28th, 2021|

The Ripple Effect of Our Actions

Post #2 in the “Simplify” blog post series. If you are like most of the busy professionals I know, you will be facing a large pile of work in the coming week with limited time to get it all done [...]

February 21st, 2021|

3 Signs That Your Virtual Team Isn’t Psychologically Safe

Over the last five years, the concept of promoting “psychological safety” in teams has become more and more commonplace.  And for good reason.  Psychological safety has been seen to directly correlate to high-performing teams.  In Googles’ groundbreaking study of their [...]

February 19th, 2021|

Creating Space

Post #1 in the “Simplify” blog post series. Do you create space for yourself during a typical workday? When do you strategize, reflect, exercise, think, re-fuel or just catch your breath? Many of the leaders I work with find themselves [...]

February 18th, 2021|

Getting Others to Change: Cheer Them On

If you’ve been following the posts this month, we’re on a mission to get others to change. No easy task. We’ve already laid out the ways to get the urgency rate high and we’ve followed that up with a step-by-step action plan. So [...]

January 7th, 2021|

Getting Others to Change: Give Them a Plan

Our challenge this month is how do we to get others to change. In my previous post we focused on the first critical step in any change effort – establishing a compelling “why.” If you’ve successfully completed this first task, you probably [...]

September 6th, 2019|

Best Practices for Fixing Dysfunctional Business Meetings

“Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. U.S. companies spend more than $37 billion dollars a year on them. Employees in American companies spend more than one-third of their time in them. And 71% of senior managers view them as unproductive.” -Ron Carucci, Harvard [...]

September 5th, 2019|

A Road Map to Candid Work Conversations

You are in a staff meeting listening to a work colleague drone on about his success on a recent project, but you know he is actually behind and over budget. What do you do? One of your direct reports has a few [...]

April 21st, 2019|

What Great Leaders Can Teach Parents About Culture

I’m a culture geek.  I’m not afraid to admit it.  I’m a pocket-protector-wearing culture nerd.  While others think about stuff like who’s going to win the Super Bowl or the latest round of celebrity gossip, I think about culture.  Disney [...]

April 11th, 2019|

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