How to Recover from Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Whether we want to say it or not, it’s true. We overestimate time or our capabilities. We misread situations or misinterpret others. It just happens. Sometimes, it is because we lack understanding, and other times, it is due to flawed judgment. I personally believe that making mistakes gives us some of […]

Why a Willingness to Change is More Important Than Ever

This past year offers us many lessons. It’s been a time filled with stress and ambiguity. And yet, it’s up to us how we value the unplanned changes many of us were forced to experience. I challenge you to extract as much value as you can from trying times. Each of us can change our […]

Free Yourself from Burnout

Have you ever found that no matter how much you do, it doesn’t seem to be enough? For many of us, the more stress we feel, the harder we work. This is counterproductive—we cannot just work harder to make the stress go away.  And yet, it seems that we are ever more determined to stick […]

Learn to Embrace Change

Without change, progress is impossible. Pause and reflect on that statement for a minute. It’s in our nature to resist change. Socrates helps us direct our energy around change with his advice, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” When we […]

Unlearning: A Critical Element of Organizational Change

Originally posted by Inside Indiana Business on February 23, 2021. Organizations typically focus on learning and fail to address unlearning as an organizational development strategy. Whether we realize it or not, we gravitate toward what is familiar and less challenging. But without taking the time to step back and reflect upon the ways in which […]

Preparedness Positions Us for Prosperity

Originally posted by Inside Indiana Business on January 13, 2021.   Both economic development and preparedness are extremely important. But they must be prioritized. Preparedness is always first. If you are prepared, you are positioned for prosperity. If you aren’t prepared, sustainable progress isn’t possible. I have witnessed this throughout my career. Once organizations gained […]

How to Turn the Pandemic into Opportunity for Meaningful Progress

Originally posted by Inside Indiana Business on October 29, 2020. As organizations adapt to change brought about by the pandemic, many contemplate how long it will take for our world to return to normal. Normal will be what we make of it. Our former ways of living and working have evolved in many ways to […]

5 Critical Aspects of Performance Management for New Managers

Proactive Performance Management When I started in management, I was focused on ensuring my team understood goals and expectations. Equally important, was knowing that each team member had access to the training they needed to do their jobs well. By the time I left that organization five years later, I was addicted to proactive performance […]

3 Ways to Grow Your Thought Leadership with Other Leaders

As leaders, we need others to understand our vision and capabilities. If we fail to successfully communicate our potential with others, we miss opportunities to contribute and have an impact. That’s why it’s important to manage your reputation. Having a vision is critical, but that’s really just one aspect of communicating and connecting with others. […]

4 Costly Strategic Planning Mistakes: How Many Are You Making?

Effective Planning Can Result in Progress Many talented executives fail to fully appreciate strategic planning. The problem is they’ve not witnessed the progress that effective planning can help materialize. The unseen reason for their lack of optimism is minimal experience creating and implementing strategic plans.  When strategic plans are created time is usually tight, with […]