I have spoken to hundreds of people with broad scopes of influence from many different organizations throughout my career.  A common theme consistently emerges that is related to their effectiveness as a leader:  It is their ability to develop and maintain quality relationships. “We Pursue Quality Relationships!” is the fourth guiding principle to building a performance culture.  This is theRead More →

Working from home can introduce new distractions you may not have had in the office. As you develop good habits around balancing work and family life, it is a good idea to address these distractions in a way that helps you avoid losing focus and getting fatigued. In this video, Todd discusses the types of distractions you may encounter andRead More →

When you first start working from home it can introduce new tension into the household since it is harder than ever to balance personal, family, and work time. The way to ease this tension is to create healthy boundaries and communicate them clearly to other family members. In this video, Todd shares specific tips for identifying responsibilities, finding your space,Read More →

Working remotely presents some unique challenges. One of the most common issues people face is Showing Value: Managers need to know their employees are working and producing results; and employees may be concerned that their contributions are not being recognized, which may put them in danger of being laid off. In this video, Todd discusses the problem of Showing ValueRead More →

My seventeen-year-old daughter and I were talking last night about social distancing and quarantining our family for the next couple of weeks to support the community efforts to reduce the spread of the Covid-19.  She said, “We need something to look forward to.  With all our routine activities being canceled, what can we schedule as a family to do together?” Read More →

In last month’s blog, I started a five-part series on creating a positive performance culture.  In the first blog, I focused on “We know where we are going!”  To know where we are going, we must have a clear purpose, vision, and goals.  I will now turn our attention to the second guiding principle:  We own our commitments!  To ownRead More →

This post is written by Dana Schwartz, Career/Leadership Coach and Strategist with Leadership Innovations. Songs can be quite relatable to our lives. Take, for example, the infamous song by David Bowie “Changes”. I can hear the chorus now- “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Turn and face the strange, Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…”. In addition to its catchy melodic line, the lyrics remind us that change is inevitable,Read More →

This post is written by Jim Davis, a trusted colleague whom I have worked with for nearly ten years.  He draws from a wealth of unique experience and is passionate about inspiring people to be confident and authentic leaders. ~ Todd I officially “retired” eleven months ago. “Retired” is in quotes because when you work for yourself, primarily as aRead More →

Coerce – To cause to do through pressure, force, or necessity. In my last blog, I introduced the idea that there is a higher chance of someone feeling coerced if he is given a directive or mandate. I focused that blog on how to receive a directive well. If you have not read last month’s blog, The Art of CoercionRead More →

Coerce – To cause to do through pressure, force, or necessity. There is an exercise I facilitate in our leadership workshops where participants think about and respond to two words: coercion and inspiration. Predictably, under the heading of coercion, there are always statements such as “you must do this, in this way, by this time, and with these restrictions.” TheseRead More →