On Silos and Accountability

  • November 19, 2014

I was at my farm recently, and I was looking at the silo you see a picture of here. Erected in 1979, it was the “Cadillac” of structures of its type. Today,...

Push decision-making to the front lines

  • November 17, 2014

Many leaders urge employees to take responsibility and make smart decisions. But some leaders interfere by insisting on signing off on those decisions. By delegating...

Curiosity helps to influence others

  • November 12, 2014

Curiosity is free, it’s a mindset you can de­­velop, and it’s the perfect antidote to uncertainty, says executive coach Sue Bethanis.

Stay true to your core beliefs

  • October 27, 2014

When you’re climbing the corporate ladder, you may model yourself on your superior. But sometimes it’s better to stay true to yourself—even if that...

Questions are Like Diamonds

  • October 09, 2014

Questions are like diamonds — they are extremely valuable and can be used in many different ways. While we mostly think of diamonds in jewelry, most people think...

Sealing deals with a handshake and a taco

  • September 24, 2014

After more than two years of testing a Doritos-flavored taco shell, Taco Bell still had not signed a contract to partner with the company that made Doritos. So as the...

Embrace a less-is-more approach

  • September 10, 2014

The constant push to add new projects can stymie your team’s success. Adopting a less-is-more philosophy can free up time for those high-priority tasks that merit...

Highlight your ‘positive deviants’

  • September 09, 2014

In 1991, Jerry Sternin headed to Vietnam. His goal: to fight child malnutrition in poor villages. Sternin isolated the few people who were modeling problem-solving...

Interview with leader Aaron Jagdfeld

  • August 29, 2014

Jagdfeld discusses his leadership role at Generac Holdings. He describes how he has effectively run the organization, managed employees and helped develop a strong...

Pepsi CEO’s emphasis on ethics pays off

  • August 25, 2014

Steve Reinemund, Pepsi’s former CEO, recalls an incident in which his counterpart at Coca-Cola called out of the blue. Coke’s CEO thanked Reinemund for his...

What’s Behind the Question?

  • August 21, 2014

I’ve long felt and taught that one of the best ways to learn better questioning skills was to watch great interviewers. In the past, I’ve often suggested...