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Punish or Pamper?

By Rich Jones | September 6, 2013

On CBS Morning there was a piece titled Punish or Pamper. The piece was about how to maximize productivity in the workplace. Why is this an either/or issue? Is managing a team really just about punish or pamper? I don’t think so… There are times when employees need and deserve to be pampered and conversely…

Is There a Place for a Humble Leader?

By Rich Jones | August 10, 2013

There are those that lead with ego and there are those that lead with humility. Which are the most successful leaders? Let’s look at history. Leading with ego, we all have a list that jumps to mind because you’ve probably known or worked for these leaders. I immediately think of Ken Lay of ENRON fame…

Leading with Honorable Intentions

By Rich Jones | August 1, 2013

A coworker does something we don’t understand or agree with, what do we do? We write a story in our head. We create scenarios on what we think the intentions of this person were. We create a story with little real evidence, only perception, “intuition” or assumption. Typically these stories are negative. Typically these perceptions…

Checking in for Wellness

By Rich Jones | July 2, 2013

One of the toughest jobs a leader can take on is leading horizontally and leading up. Leading without authority or the power of title is a critical skill that all great leaders have learned. Even a CEO has to, at times, lead the board of directors or the Chairperson of the board needs to lead…

Leadership, a Journey Without End

By Rich Jones | June 22, 2013

The common denominators of respected leaders is they never stop learning and they never stop teaching. Leadership takes significant commitment to the journey of others. It is fraught with setbacks, mistakes, tough decisions and pride. The unwavering leadership commitment is to help others take risks, make mistakes, do things wrong and from all that pain…

Meeting Leadership, Hear and ‘K’now…

By Rich Jones | June 15, 2013

Often leadership is fraught with perils and timing is everything. A successful meeting requires the following: 1. An agenda 2. Time management 3. Quality discourse 4. Conflict resolution 5. Defined next steps with firm deadlines Since a leader’s schedule is heavily weighted with meetings, knowing meeting leadership skills can make the difference between walking out…

You have to be an Executive to be a Leader – NOT!

By Rich Jones | April 29, 2013

A common leadership misperception is that it happens to you as a result of a promotion. Sadly, many executives foster this climate of “ordained leadership” by acting as though they, as executives, are smarter than the masses and are therefore more worthy to make a decision. This culture stifles individual contribution, engagement, job satisfaction, and…

There is no “I” in leadership, well sometimes…

By Rich Jones | April 19, 2013

There are two kinds of leadership; leading from the front and leading from the back. Let me define the two. Leading from the front is the most often seen because it is the obvious demonstration of leadership. Leading from the front is essential in situations that require a strong vision, direction, or action. It is…