The Biggest Obstacle Faced By First Time Leaders

The Biggest Obstacle Faced By First Time Leaders

The fact is that if everything was perfect yesterday, you would not have been put in the position of leadership today.  So the challenges you are about to face are likely wide and deep.  And many of the things that have made you successful to this point are going to be obstacles to your future success. But one single obstacle, that you have perfected over many years as an individual contributor, is going to cause you to fail unless you quickly pivot hard.

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5 Questions to Ask Everyday To Become a Better Leader

5 Questions to Ask Everyday To Become a Better Leader

Great leaders ask great questions. Pure and simple. We often think that leaders are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. Of course, leaders should act decisively but that doesn’t mean that they have all the answers. In order to act decisively a great leader needs to have buy in from the team. Having buy in from the team requires trust and trust building takes time. The notion that trust is instilled until proven otherwise is absolutely wrong. Trust is earned and until it is earned it is absent.

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9 Secrets of a Successful Executive Sponsor

9 Secrets of a Successful Executive Sponsor

In conducting thousands of projects around the globe over 25 years, I have found 9 common secrets that all successful executive sponsors share in their daily routine that maximizes the probability of success. The executive sponsor role for a project is not a figure head role that simply collects and disperses information and successful executive sponsors recognize this in everything they do. Here are the 9 common secrets of a successful executive sponsor.

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Humility – The Leadership Superpower

Humility – The Leadership Superpower

Why is humility so important for leaders?  Simply put, people like to do business with people they like.  This applies to client relationships and internal employee relationships. It applies to all relationships.  All productive human relationships are built upon trust but it is humility that allows trust to climb the learning curve like a driver hitting insane mode in a Tesla.

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