An Examples of Leadership Success: Creating a Shared Mission

Without an idea of where you want to go, how would you know when you get there and if you have the right people to help? This second blog is dedicated to highlighting one leader’s passion for…

Leading a Return to the Office Without Losing Your Team

While some organizations have been able to fully embrace a remote model, most have grappled to varying extents with a return to in-person work. The process of trying to get employees back into the…

Examples of Leadership Success: Leading through Positive Accountability

Leadership Success Blog SeriesFor this next blog series, I will be highlighting successful examples of critical leader behaviors I’ve seen. The goal is to share leader behavior(s) and why they are…

Common Leadership Errors: Failing to Help the Human Thrive

For the last blog in this series, I decided to take a broader and holistic topic that is commonly seen in organizations. While this topic does not lend itself nicely to short examples of leadership…

Four Reasons Lean Initiatives Fail and How Leadership Can Help

It’s been estimated that at least 60% of continuous improvement initiatives fail to achieve their desired results. In reaction to lackluster results, I’ve seen budget cuts, SME resignations, training…

Common Leadership Errors: Failing to Develop People

In 1969, Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull authored the book, The Peter Principle.  To summarize their research findings and developed principle, their concept sounds like this: in many…

Common Leadership Errors: Focusing on Backward Accountability

Feedback is a critical component of helping others improve their performance. Information about what behaviors to repeat or do differently in given situations allows for continuous improvement over…

Save Lives by Addressing Systemic Root Causes

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted a troubling trend on our nation’s airport tarmacs. Safety incidents among ground crew workers are on the rise. The article starts by describing…

Is the Broken Performance Review Worth Fixing?

Relying on annual performance reviews to measure and motivate employees generally does not work. This enduring truth and some of the underlying reasons were highlighted in an article from the Spring…

Common Leadership Error: Failing to Evolve

The world around us is constantly changing. The markets we operate in, current economic conditions, world events, access to material goods and competition are all things leadership considers when…

Common Leadership Errors: Failing to Create Sustainability

Common Leadership Errors: Failing to Create Sustainability Organizations are constantly evolving to keep up with a changing world. This evolution can include refinements to strategy, systems,…

Common Leadership Errors: Focusing on What You Don’t Want

The role of leadership inside organizations is to help achieve the mission, vision, and business objectives. Leaders define what winning looks like. They then are responsible for creating momentum,…

Common Leadership Errors: Retraining Fixes Everything

What happens in your organization when a human error occurs? By human error I mean an undesired behavior that could, or does, lead to some undesired consequences for the performer, people around them…

Common Leadership Errors: Being nice and expecting influence

The concept of providing feedback is nothing new.  Performance feedback has been studied for well over 40 years and shown to be an effective and low-cost method for improving performance. …

Common Leadership Errors: Being Vague and Expecting Perfection

There is no doubt that how results are produced is just as, or more important, than the results themselves.  How work is done, the behaviors people do to produce an outcome, is a driver of long-…

The Should vs. Is Leadership Error

This is the first in a new blog series from Bryan Shelton. Check in on the first Tuesday of every month for new blogs in the series. Our brains are designed to learn and adapt quickly to our…

The Demise of Effective Training

My colleagues and I have noticed a disturbing trend as we complete surveys and assessments for our clients. A significant number of employees are telling us that skills training has become woefully…

Productivity Theater

Productivity is a big concern for managers who have people working remotely. Will they actually work as hard as they would in an office? This fear has been called “productivity paranoia.” I recently…