Removing Obstacles to Motivation

What if you’ve got this team, and they seem to be pretty good… and yet, something’s not working smoothly. Sometimes their performance is inconsistent, or they don’t always meet their goals (of if they do it seems at great cost), or they seem to get hung up on “history” and old, bad stuff that has…

Get Up High Enough to See…

“In every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth. Beauty breaks in everywhere.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature   I love Emerson as much as I love Thoreau (aka “Live deep and suck the marrow out of life” guy). I think there’s something in these writings for everyone, and…

Are you willing to be a Big Game Hunter?

Working with clients, especially leadership teams, to create strong foundations for high performance, often involves some intense truth-telling. Whenever you are getting ready to break through your common, current patterns, it’s important to be willing not only to take an honest look at the team dynamics, but also to take a look at yourself. Often,…

Dreading a high-stress, difficult conversation?

Sometimes we dread having those conversations that we really need to have: confronting a client, addressing an issue with an employee, or even resolving a problem with someone in our personal lives. My goal in these situations is to remain Calm and Confident. Here are Libby’s Three P’s for Challenging Conversations: 1. Preparation: spend some time preparing for your…

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Five on Friday- Mergers and Acquisitions

News broke recently that Johnson & Johnson will acquire medical-device maker Synthes Inc. for $21.3 billion, giving the U.S. health-products giant a commanding lead in the global market for surgical devices used to treat fractures and traumatic injuries.  Globally, M&A activity for the first quarter of 2011 reached nearly $800 billion dollars – the highest…

Nice Guys

I know it’s annoying to say, “I told you so!” but I might not be able to resist now that I’ve read this recent report from Green Peak Partners Consulting and Cornell researchers: “When it Comes to Business Leadership, Nice Guys Finish First . . . Leaders Who Possess Strong Soft Skills Perform Better at Driving…

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Five on Friday- Performance Conversations

It’s often the conversation you dread—addressing a performance issue with an employee who’s not doing exactly what you want. But, the buck stops with you—you’re the leader, the manager who must approach the topic with clarity and empathy if you want to influence changes for the better. My five suggestions for speaking to an employee…

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