You Can’t Have Ethics Without Integrity

You Can’t Have Ethics Without Integrity

I recently heard someone say that ethics are the fruit of an organization, stemming from the roots of integrity. The more I think about the statement, the more apt I feel the analogy is. Ethics are defined as “moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.” Ethics are about what […]

Managing Distractions

Managing Distractions

Good time management is an important skill. It’s also a constant battle. I think one of the primary reasons that it’s such a challenge is the sheer amount of distractions most of us face nearly every minute of every hour of every day. According to Dr. Gloria Mark, Professor of Informatics at the University of […]

Establishing Direction is Everyone’s Job

Establishing Direction is Everyone’s Job

There is no doubt that establishing direction is a fundamental task of leadership. A compelling vision is the cornerstone of every decision and the direct link between actions and strategic goals. But the truth is, that establishing direction is the responsibility of everyone, whether you’re a CEO or intern. Or, at least it should be. Being […]

Millennials are Not Aliens

Millennials are Not Aliens

And other obvious and not-so-obvious statements about our young professionals. Broadly speaking, the millennial generation includes everyone born between 1980 and 1999. They are the largest generation in existence today. While it’s likely that every single person reading this has been working with at least one person of the millennial generation for a while now, […]

Hiring Brand Ambassadors, Not Employees

Hiring Brand Ambassadors, Not Employees

For most organizations, creating a brand that clearly communicates the organization’s value is a key aspect of the overall business strategy. After all, an established brand with a positive reputation can clear the path to launch new products and services, move into new markets, create valuable partnerships and attract the best talent. The benefits are […]

Feedback is a Required Leadership Skill

Feedback is a Required Leadership Skill

“Good intent in giving input is not enough. We must back up intention with behavior that is skillful.” — Dr. Kathryn Smerek Offering quality feedback that moves individuals, teams and entire organizations forwarded toward both individual and shared goals is one of the most important leadership skills. After all, the very nature of leadership is […]

Are You Good at Being Confronted?

Are You Good at Being Confronted?

Usually, when we talk about confrontation, it’s from the perspective of the confronter. We focus on having the courage to confront others and how to do it effectively. We delve into strategies for communicating effectively and advocating for specific outcomes. Knowing how to confront people in a way that’s most likely to lead to a […]

Creating A Culture That Doesn’t Fear Mistakes

Creating A Culture That Doesn’t Fear Mistakes

If we want our organizations to grow and succeed, we must fill them with good people who are committed to doing their jobs with excellence. Especially in the financial industry, there are some things for which there is simply no margin for error. We know this. And yet, we also know that we’re all human […]