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Podcast: Business Writers Radio Interview with Willy Steiner

April 25, 2017 by Leave a Comment

I recently had some fun doing a live radio interview. The folks at Business Writers Radio asked me to discuss my new book, Discover the Joy of Leadership, and some stories about my experiences with leadership and management development. In this fast-paced 30 minute segment we discuss: The No Asshole Rule; Practical examples of the differences between managers and leaders; How executive coaching is structured like therapy; The 2 most common issues I see leaders facing today; The importance of discovering your unique abili... Continue Reading

Are You Winning the War for Talent?

April 6, 2017 by 2 Comments

15+ years ago Jim Clifton of the Gallup organization wrote a book called The Coming Jobs War.  The consultant, McKinsey and Company, warned that they saw a "war for talent" brewing for the foreseeable future. Both groups warned that having a "good" job will increasingly be difficult to obtain and this struggle will have negative repercussions on the mental health of our societies. Even though the unemployment rate in our country today is a historically low 4.7%, meaning that 7.5 million of the labor force is unemployed, there are 5.8 millio... Continue Reading

So, You Want to Write a Book…

March 10, 2017 by Leave a Comment

One month ago, I published my first book, Discover the Joy of Leadership: A Practical Guide to Resolving Your Management Challenges. This was the culmination of two full years of work and although it was exhausting, I do take great pride in what I have created. Each year about 2.2 million books are published across the world. Of the 123 countries that publish books, the top five are China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and India. Writing and publishing a book is a common interest of many people, but few actually follow thro... Continue Reading

Respect vs. Contempt

February 22, 2017 by Leave a Comment

Can you agree to disagree, agreeably? It's not really possible if you do not respect the person you are discussing things with. I saw a jarring example of this when I saw a new play at the esteemed Goodman Theater recently. It has been described as "bitingly funny and fierce… one of the year's best shows. What the playwright says about American society, the media and how we package celebrity and tragedy is as spot-on as it is depressing" said a June 17 New York Post review. The playwright is being touted for a Pulitzer Prize. The actin... Continue Reading

8 “WHATS” to Engage and Mentor

January 20, 2017 by Leave a Comment

Now that we are a few weeks into the new year and everyone is settling in to the promise of what 2017 will be for you, your team and your organization, I hope that the early indicators are for a prosperous time for you all. As a leader, I'd like to suggest eight key WHATS you should embrace that will have a positive impact upon: Employee Engagement - A tangible connection your staff can draw between their efforts and the progress of the business; Effective Mentoring – Using your expertise to train and develop another. Now, there... Continue Reading

Radical Candor: The Importance of Guidance vs. Feedback

January 13, 2017 by Leave a Comment

Note: This post was originally published on Feb 4, 2016. I received some great feedback on it so I am republishing it for those who may have missed it and/or those who would like a refresher! Kim Scott was a long time director at Google and is currently a faculty member at Apple University. In addition, she's an acclaimed coach for companies like Twitter and other Silicon Valley notables. One of Kim's goals was to create a company that had "bullshit-free zones where people could love their work and working together". Scott believes that the... Continue Reading

10 Ways to Listen Better and Be “Fully Present”

January 4, 2017 by 6 Comments

Tuesday’s with Morrie is a book by Mitch Albom that came out in 1997 and topped the bestsellers list for Non-Fiction and was also made into a movie. It is about Morrie Schwartz, a former Brandeis University sociology professor who contracted ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, and the relationship Albom rekindled with him after seeing a Nightline television news report on how Morrie was dealing with this crippling and fatal disease. I thought about it recently when I had encountered a couple of situations, both personal and professional, whe... Continue Reading

3 Critical Steps to Post Vacation Productivity

December 29, 2016 by 2 Comments

I returned home during the Christmas holidays from visiting my son in New York City. He and I had a marvelous time but what caught my attention was the incredible lack of traffic on the parkway back to LaGuardia Airport and how empty the L train was coming back from Midway, even though normally both are jammed during the evening commute. This told me that people were taking time off during the holiday and while that's a wonderful thing for all involved, it's also less frequent. Studies have shown that Americans are leaving 222 million vacati... Continue Reading