An Open Letter from Your Team’s Minds

An Open Letter from Your Team’s Minds

Dear Leader:Let me introduce myself: I’m an unexpressed concern inside John’s mind. I’m left over from your last meeting—and many meetings before then—when there wasn’t time, interest, or openness to hearing about me.My friends, other concerns carried by the rest of...
Are your employees afraid to speak up?

Are your employees afraid to speak up?

Recent weeks have provided debate about a nation filled with fear versus a nation filled with optimism and hope.  If we look, we might see the same in organizations—businesses, teams, not-for-profits, workplaces of all kinds. Fear does not need to drive organizations...

How Uncovering Undiscussables Affects the Bottom Line

Last week, I had a manager approach me and ask if there was a financial rationale for uncovering a company’s undiscussables? That’s a common thought, but an even rarer question, but the answer is, unequivocally, yes.​Let’s take for example a simple...

Safety to speak up impacts ethics

Forbes featured a powerful article on Four Ways Your Leadership May Be Encouraging Unethical Behavior. Author and consultant Ron Carucci discussed ways leaders might unintentionally be encouraging poor choices resulting in serious problems, including matters of ethics...
Leaders: Are you fully being told what you need to know?

Leaders: Are you fully being told what you need to know?

When I ask leaders this question, they smile as if it’s a tricky question. It’s easier to smile and wonder than to answer the question. When I nudge them, their responses typically are: That’s a good question. I think so. I’m not sure. Does any leader really know? How...