Archive for the ‘Performance’ Category

One Overlooked Element that Can Stop or Supercharge Any Project, DPPE

Leaders know that good data is essential to good decisions. But what data?       Data is the first of four elements from a simple acronym DPPE. It stands for Data, Purpose, Plan, Evaluate.   DPPE, as I learned from mentors, is a good way to categorize project phases as well as many small to complex leadership tasks. These may include: Updating […]


Why Making A Vision Board is the Smartest Thing You’ll Do This Year

When successful athletes execute any winning moves, they repeatedly visualize themselves making those moves in their minds. In time those moves become ingrained so that when the opportunities arise, those moves take place automatically, for the win. Stephen Covey and others have shared that everything is created twice. That is before something is created in […]


Seven Ways New NonProfit Leaders Succeed the First Year on the Job

Leadership skill is built upon skilled listening, including listening to yourself for health and wellness.  Busy leaders know intellectually that taking care of yourself is how you are best able to take care of others.  The challenge, in this part three of our series, continues to be putting this principle into disciplined, regular practice.  Leadership coaching, as my clients have told me, has […]


Nonprofit Leader Partnerships: How to Achieve the Right Balance

Like a well-played symphony, when nonprofit leaders partner well with their staff and volunteers, magic happens.  Leadership in the nonprofit sector requires a unique balance of communication, coordination, and collaboration whether it is in professional societies, universities or colleges, trade associations, or faith-based or charitable organizations. Though a board of directors or council holds ultimate legal and fiduciary responsibility, […]


Courage for New Leaders To Listen & Learn in the New Year

It takes courage to listen. Whether it’s a first or fifth transition to a new leader role, these non-profit leadership lessons learned are timeless. Pause, reflect, choose (from horse-guided leadership & learning.) In your first months, resist the urgent and not important tasks and follow these practical steps to ensure your success.   Many new leaders have […]


6 Steps Beyond Industrial Age Performance Appraisals

It takes courage, tenacity and teamwork to let go of performance appraisal practices and industrial age thinking.  In our  post 9-11, post financial meltdown, “New Normal,”  business will never be again as it was.  It’s tough, though, to leave our rootedness in twentieth century business practices.  For example, note this recent entry in Wikipedia:      “As of 2013 electric power […]


Curing ONE of the Seven Deadly Diseases of Management, Performance Appraisals

Entrenched habits tend to persist, mostly invisible, until poets, reformers and provocateurs start writing, talking and asking questions. They challenge us to reexamine long-standing practices that no longer fit our current world and what’s on the horizon. This includes the persistent business artifact, performance appraisal, reviled by many, dropped entirely by a few, stuck on […]


A History of Performance Appraisals: Letting Go to Power New Culture

Performance ratings are part of ancient, really ancient, history. Are we ready yet to let go of individual performance appraisals (reviews, evaluations) to fully embrace achievement-oriented, team cultures? Or is the individualistic command and control culture of the Great Britain and American industrial age too much a part of the problem?  This SlideShare illustrates it: […]


6 Choices for High Performance Teams, Groups and Psuedo-Teams: Achievement Is How You Say It!

Looking for high performance in your organization?  Then take a good look at teams vs. groups. Kenneth P. De Meuse, of the Korn/Ferry Institute cites how work teams appear to be gaining in strength as jobs get bigger, organizational structures get more complex, and more and more companies become multi-national in scope (Naquin & Tynan, 2003). The VUCA […]


3 Success Factors for High Performance Teams, and What Gets In the Way: Interview with a Millennial

Leadership today has evolved greatly and includes high performance within teams.  Teamwork can also be the “secret sauce” that defines successful organizations.  Our systems for supporting high performance and leadership in teams and in entire organizations have not kept up with the times. Some of our most persistent management practices date from the industrial age, including […]