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Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

March 27th, 2017

We've all heard and said. "Can you hear me now?" Fifty years into the future it will most likely show up in a list of our current decade's most frequent phrases. Some will say "No, they didn't hear, let alone listen.", but I hope not. I'd like to [...]

Managing Conflict at Work - Part III

Managing Conflict at Work - Part III

February 24th, 2017

This is the last in a series of articles focusing on Conflict in the Workplace. In Managing Conflict at Work Part I we talked about the value of Conflict - greater clarity on issues, individual and group growth and improved relationships, to name a f[...]

Managing Conflict at Work - Part II

Managing Conflict at Work - Part II

February 11th, 2017

I have the good fortune to sit on a number of community boards. Generally speaking, folks on these boards are not passive observers. The organization means something to them. They care about the decisions and outcomes. This dynamic can make for some [...]

Managing Conflict at Work - Part I

Managing Conflict at Work - Part I

January 28th, 2017

Several months ago I had the pleasure of presenting an overview on managing conflict to the Jefferson County West Chamber Women in Business Group. In the first of three newsletters, I'd like to share excerpts from the presentation I think you will fi[...]

Why Didn't I Know That Was Coming?

Why Didn't I Know That Was Coming?

January 14th, 2017

Winter in Colorado can be a challenge, especially for our cars and more specifically for our car's windshield. As we maneuver around potholes and ice patches we try our best to stay as far away as possible from construction trucks - Colorado is build[...]

Unexpected or Unwelcomed Guests at the Door?

Unexpected or Unwelcomed Guests at the Door?

May 10th, 2016

Well there they are at your door step. Perhaps you saw them heading down the road, hoping they would change direction or simply disappear. All organizations - corporations, nonprofits and small start-ups are faced with unwelcomed guests in the form o[...]

The Use and Abuse of the Interim Management Position

The Use and Abuse of the Interim Management Position

May 21st, 2015

Over the last year I have become aware of a significant jump in the use of Interim Management positions in non-profit organizations, corporations or government institutions. This is certainly not a new phenomena, interim positions have been around as[...]

Coaching Agreements - An Arrangement of Real Commitments for Success

Coaching Agreements - An Arrangement of Real Commitments for Success

March 29th, 2015

The first time I intentionally used a coaching agreement it was called a contract. Many years ago, my first job was as a Social Worker, working with adolescents. These young people were referred to me by the local police departments. The police gave [...]

The Leader Coach in You - Yes, You!

The Leader Coach in You - Yes, You!

February 11th, 2015

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - Bill Gates Leader Coaches are an incredible catalyst in releasing the extraordinary gifts of their teams. Read on to learn about a great resource for Leader Coache[...]

Share the Insomnia

Share the Insomnia

December 30th, 2014

Late this fall I received news that Brad Hams had left us. He is greatly missed by many. I met Brad back in 2001 and listened with awe as he described the power of Ownership Thinking. His energy and passion around breaking down the entitlement me[...]

Have a Workplace Adversary? You Can Turn it Around - Almost Always.

Have a Workplace Adversary? You Can Turn it Around - Almost Always.

November 10th, 2014

Luke had been doing a lot of soul searching lately. It had not occurred to him that he was actually contributing to the adversarial relationship that had developed with his once supporter, Alex. As he considered his promotion several months ago and h[...]

Continuing the Story - Cultivating Work Relationships

Continuing the Story - Cultivating Work Relationships

October 15th, 2014

Luke was looking forward to his meeting with Jane, Vice President of Operations for the division. As requested he read the first four chapters of Cultivate, The Power of Winning Relationships. Actually he had just finished Chapter 9, Adversary Relati[...]

Do You Know the Quality of Your Work Relationships?

Do You Know the Quality of Your Work Relationships?

September 25th, 2014

He sat nervously outside the Vice President's office - waiting to be called in. After just two years with the company, Luke wanted to do more, take on more responsibility, be seen as one of the emerging leaders. But how? He admired the Vice Presid[...]

Uncertainty Causes Our Brains to Sound the Alarm

Uncertainty Causes Our Brains to Sound the Alarm

February 21st, 2014

The following is a continuation of reviewing David Rock’s SCARF Model on understanding how our brain works. For information refer to Your Brain at Work by David Rock. Please visit my website at www.leaderscove.com. Under Resources you will find other[...]

Optimizing an Employee's Sense of Status Sans a Promotion

Optimizing an Employee's Sense of Status Sans a Promotion

January 31st, 2014

In my November newsletter, I talked about the importance of managers and leaders understanding how the brain functions. David Rock and his colleagues at the NeuroLeadership Institute have provided amazing research as well as recommendations on how we[...]

What Leaders and Managers Need to Know About Neuroscience

What Leaders and Managers Need to Know About Neuroscience

November 8th, 2013

How often have you sat in a meeting and been overwhelmed by the undercurrents – emotions below the surface? Your emotions and those around you. Body language that portrays outright hostility to complete abdication. On the rare instance that the condu[...]

In the Garden – Learning and Relearning

In the Garden – Learning and Relearning

June 12th, 2013

“A gardener sees the world as a system of interdependent parts - where healthy, sustaining relationships are essential to the vitality of the whole. A real gardener is not a person who cultivates flowers, but a person who cultivates the soil." In bus[...]

Difference of Opinion, Not a Difference of Principle

Difference of Opinion, Not a Difference of Principle

May 23rd, 2013

"Its soul, its climate, its equality, liberty, laws, people, and manners. My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"  - Thomas Jefferson.   Jeffers[...]

Organizational Health, a 2013 Imperative

Organizational Health, a 2013 Imperative

May 20th, 2013

The Conference Board recently released the results of their CEO Challenges 2013 survey. The subtitle, Countering the Global Slowdown, Optimizing Talent and Operational Performance to Create Competitive Advantage, underscores the imperative for health[...]

The Hidden Value of Communicating Why

The Hidden Value of Communicating Why

April 25th, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to provide a series of workshops on Leading and Managing Change. This edition of Musings on the Cove touches on an important element in successfully leading and facilitating change - providing the Why. A leader’s willin[...]

Differentiate Content of Meetings to Optimize Short-Term and Long-Term Results

Differentiate Content of Meetings to Optimize Short-Term and Long-Term Results

April 17th, 2013

Tactical issues are important. Strategic issues are also important. Each warrants our undivided attention through meetings that are specifically designed to produce results that move your organization forward. If you believe in the premise that how w[...]

"We do not have conflict in our meetings." Too bad!

March 22nd, 2013

If we do not have conflict in our meetings, it is very likely that we do not have honest conversations. If we do not have honest conversations, we do not have commitment and we certainly are not moving forward as quickly as we should, nor in the ri[...]

Summary of Developing a Playbook - Should we send a copy to Congress and the White House?

Summary of Developing a Playbook - Should we send a copy to Congress and the White House?

March 18th, 2013

Why do we exist? Why you exist is your core purpose. Having worked with leadership teams on this issue, whether for-profit, not-for-profit, start-ups or mature businesses, the instances of confusion, disconnect and misalignments are numerous. I[...]

"Who Must Do What?"

February 25th, 2013

The final question that needs to be answered in developing a leadership team Playbook, as defined by Patrick Lencioni, is "Who Must Do What?" How often have we walked out of a meeting without clarifying who was going to be responsible that great idea[...]

How will we succeed?

How will we succeed?

February 11th, 2013

As easy as the Aunt Mabel test is, (see the November edition of Musings on the Cove newsletter, What does your company do really?), figuring out how you will succeed is conversely, very tough. Do you cut prices, do you add features, do you outsource,[...]

Looking for Immediate, Fundamental Commitment from Your Organization? Create a Rallying Cry.

Looking for Immediate, Fundamental Commitment from Your Organization?  Create a Rallying Cry.

February 7th, 2013

When I facilitate 'The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team' workshop, created by Patrick Lencioni, with Executive groups, the session I find most rewarding is the development of the Thematic Goal. It is powerful. A Thematic Goal pulls organizations together. It[...]

How Does Your Company Behave?

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January 10th, 2013

Pat Lencioni's The Advantage addresses the question of "How Does Your Company Behave" by breaking down the values of a company, evidenced by the behaviors of its people, into 4 subsets: Core Values, Aspirational Values, Permission-to-Play Values and [...]

From the Kitchen Table to the Board Table - Crossing the Chasm

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December 19th, 2012

In 1991 Geoffrey Moore wrote a landmark book, Crossing the Chasm, describing the pitfalls and landmines encountered by software companies attempting to market and sell technology products to mainstream customers. It provides incredible insight on mar[...]