The First Step to Team Accountability

Every leader wants to have a team who hold themselves and one another accountable. Such a team is easy to manage because in many ways they manage themselves. They take personal responsibility. More importantly, if given clear direction, the accountable team produces. The individuals take responsibility for themselves and keep one another on track. The Read More …

Have Some Cake and Eat It Too

There’s a popular phrase out there, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” It essentially means that you can’t have two opposing things at the same time. It’s a very useful phrase to remember as we often wish to both have and eat cake in various ways. But there is one way that Read More …

Building Credibility

Leadership starts with trust. If your people don’t trust you then you aren’t leading them. Pushing them maybe, but to lead you must have people willingly following you and that simply doesn’t happen without trust. There are a number of things required to build trust but one of the main ones is credibility. You must Read More …

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Part Two

Last week I wrote about the first dysfunction, Absence of Trust, in Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. This week, I am reviewing the second dysfunction, Fear of Conflict. Just as it sounds, this dysfunction addresses the all-too-familiar characteristic of teams in which people are purposely avoiding debate. Once a team has built Read More …

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Part One

This post is the first in a five part series about the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. Before finishing my MBA I set a goal (more on my goals in a later post) to read two books a month after graduation. The first book I have read as part of Read More …

Leadership Lessons in 24

Jack Bauer is back! If you don’t know who that is this probably is not the blog for you. Fox’s hit series 24 returned to television this week with 24: Live Another Day. This is the ninth season of the show and the first in four years. The show follows a American hero named Jack Read More …