Why Feedback Is Uncomfortable — and What To Do About It
Many people struggle with giving negative feedback because they don’t want to hurt the other person or strain the relationship. But plenty of people struggle with giving positive feedback to others.
A Great Leader and a Great Speech
Leaders, We have an unusual posting for you this week. Last week was “V Week” for those of us who enjoy college basketball. “V Week” is named for Jimmy V, also known as Jim Valvano. Valvano was a great college basketball coach who got terminal cancer and gave an amazing speech at the ESPY Awards in…
Truth and Love
Today’s post was originally published on February 8, 2016. Truth without love can be mean, and love without truth can be a lie. Today’s post is a review of a skill that I think it is the most important skill needed in West Michigan leaders. It is the willingness and ability to lean into healthy conflict. When…
Top 10 Trust Walk Takeaways
All of you who have been on the two-day retreat as a part of building great teams have done the trust walk. My favorite part of that exercise is not the first part when there is no talking; it’s not the second part where you can talk but the one person is still blindfolded. My favorite part…
Say It Isn’t So!
Building an incredible team is so important that it’s one of the main branches we focus on in the Do portion of the DoKnowBe Tree. We’ve heard from many of you that you are spending time and effort building your team and you’re seeing results, which is awesome! And yet, you might still fail as…
Update on Leading by DESIGN and LEAD 365
We’ve had an exciting year, and this seems like a good time to update all of you LEAD 365 alumni on how our purpose and vision is progressing. I’m guessing that most of you remember our purpose/mission (the reason Leading by DESIGN exists), which is to make West Michigan the Silicon Valley of leadership. Our…
Leading Inside, Outside, Inside, and Out Again
Of the many definitions people use to describe leadership, one of my favorite definitions is “the ability to influence and motivate others toward a common vision or goal.” I like it because of two words: influence and motivation.
Excellence in All Things – Really?
This posting might get me in trouble in West Michigan. It might even get me in trouble with my team. But there’s something I believe about great leaders that I feel needs to be said. After saying it, I’m more than happy to hear any rebuttals. After hearing those, I may need to rewrite my…
The Leadership Matters Blog
The Leadership Matters blog is a benefit we offer to LEAD 365 alumni. We hope the blog encourages you to continue exploring what it means to be a leader worth following in West Michigan.
Here is what we hope to accomplish through the blog:
- Allow you to review the content we covered in LEAD 365.
- Give you new content being offered in current LEAD 365 cohorts.
- Share additional material that builds on what you learned in LEAD 365.
- Give alumni a forum to share your insights about being a person worth following. Your insights can be shared through responses to our postings or even by offering your own posting when desired.
We will post something new each Monday as part of our commitment to our alumni. We hope that the blog is just one part of an ongoing learning community of people who have experienced LEAD 365. You are welcome to share our posts with anyone you like, but they will always be written to you.
Whether a post is long or short, new or a repeat, we hope you find them valuable. As is always true, any feedback you choose to provide us will be received as a gift.