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The Benefits of Gratitude

November 21, 2017 by 2 Comments

Since Thanksgiving is the time for giving thanks, it was very predictable that I saw quite a few articles and posts about the importance of expressing gratitude. One author talked about the benefits of doing a "gratitude journal", and how it made him connect better to all the wonderful people, places, and things he had experienced. Another article contained this very interesting summary of the benefits of gratitude, by Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of the division of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center: If [thankfulness]... Continue Reading

Where Do You Get Your Organizational Power?

November 8, 2017 by Leave a Comment

I was recently discussing a sensitive issue with a client regarding a senior member of his leadership team. The approach my client decided to take was both clever and empathic and avoided straining any relationships along the way. I mentioned to him that I thought he had excellent political sensibilities and he responded by saying that he never wanted to be regarded as a corporate politician. I said that all politics are not necessarily negative but are the responses to different types of influence within an organization. I explained tha... Continue Reading

Why Won’t Somebody Do Something About…???

June 7, 2017 by 1 Comment

How often do you hear this question at work when some issue or concern goes unresolved for an extended period? Procrastination or neglect can often make the resolution of these concerns both time-consuming and expensive; but it happens over and over. With the weather improving here in the Chicago area where I live, one of the things I see more and more of are the homeless. Not everyone who looks down and out or is asking for spare change is homeless, but in Chicago we have about 4,646 individuals who stay in shelters each night. There's ... Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

The Best Holiday Gift Leaders Can Give

December 7, 2016 by Leave a Comment

Jared Lindzon, in his November 11, 2016 article in Fast Company magazine, Why Nearly Half of Workers Globally Could Leave Their Jobs in 2017, said that the primary reason for employees leaving is poor management. Researchers found that an employee is nearly 10 times more likely to be very satisfied with their job when they are led by someone they feel is honest and trustworthy. Those who feel their superiors do not exhibit such behaviors are four times more likely to be looking for a different job. Lindzon suggests five strategies for lea... Continue Reading