10 Signs Your Company Culture Needs a Fix

There is little doubt that the best performing firms on the planet have exciting and healthy cultures - think Google, Southwest, and Nike - while other organizations seem to be in a constant state of struggle to reach their full potential.  The Leadership teams at struggling companies are often confounded to understand the reasons for their firm's underperformance.  Not surprisingly, company…

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The Toxic Leader

There is a new definition of leadership in our lexicon. The seagull leader is someone who flies in, s**t’s over everything, and leaves. I’m constantly amazed when working inside organizations that the names and examples of such people come up constantly in the conversation. Yet rather than being weeded out, they seem to survive and thrive in an institutional ethic that values by choosing short…

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15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders

It’s important to realize that just because someone holds a position of leadership, doesn’t necessarily mean they should. Put another way, not all leaders are created equal. The problem many organizations are suffering from is a recognition problem – they can’t seem to recognize good leaders from bad ones. In today's column I’ll address how to identify bad leaders by pointing out a few things…

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Consequences of Bad Leadership

Disclaimer: This video has a political slant, but that's not why I included it in today's post. Whether you're republican or democrat, this video should make you cringe...To watch what has happened to the City of Detroit is just plain hard to watch. That said, and regardless of political sentiment, it shows exactly what happens when bad leadership is allowed to flourish. What happened in Detroit…

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