Eyewitness to Leadership

All to often, we consultants try to create our own model for various aspects of leadership or management.  Sometimes, this works out well as we take a concept to a new level, or establish a contemporary spin on something that has a timeless quality.  Today I’d...

The Leadership Roadmap

The Leadership RoadmapTM   Last year I was helping my son pick out his first car after his college graduation.  Ben had been hired for a sales position at a technology company in Denver.  What a great feeling.  As he was coming closer to his final decision, he was...

Letting Go & Looking Ahead

Letting Go & Looking Ahead      I had the great privilege to help design and launch the 2009 Midwest Forum on Talent Management last week.  By all accounts – participant feedback, faculty dialogue and the engagement of our stakeholders – we started...

Rising Above Your To-Do List as Leaders

Rising Above Your To-Do List as Leaders                                                            I was driving down the interstate to meet with a client.  The request had come days earlier – help coach the management team on how to address the performance of the...

Making Leaders Measurably Better

Making Leaders Measurably Better #5:  The Stickiness Factor      Organizations have tried a wide variety of solutions to make training and leadership development stick, and only a handful of organizations have found the magic bullet.  Do they have more money and...

Leadership: Beginning to End

Leadership:  Beginning to End      “When does leadership begin?”                 “When do my responsibilities end?”   These are pretty simple questions with much deeper implications.  I begin helping business and organizational leaders understand that leadership is a...

Why We Fail at Developing Leaders

Why We Fail at Developing Leaders    We know exactly what it takes to develop effective leaders in our organizations, yet more than 90% of today’s organizations fail miserably.  Why is that?   Why, when we invest tens of millions of dollars, have access to thousands...

Executive Checklist

Executive Checklist The past 6 – 12 months have been devastating for both large and small organizations across the capital region.  It continues to be hard to miss the headlines or watch the daily newscasts.  Last month I provided guidelines on how to lead your...

Leading with Purpose & Agility

Leading with Purpose & Agility   The Dow dipped below 7,000 points and business owners found themselves taking another deep sigh.  How far will it drop?  When will we bottom out?   Will we need to cut even more?  Nobody knows. Our president has recently been...

No Time Like the Present

No Time Like the Present     Over the past five years, Ian McFarlane has shared his insight through this publication, given the frame of executive coaching.  I hope that we will continue to gain shared insight through this column as we re-establish its focus on...