Thoughts from the C-Suite

WALKING THE FLOOR When I first entered corporate management, I had the benefit of working, a few layers down, for the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.  This CEO was a shirtsleeves boss, literally a leader who walked the floor of every plant the company managed back in the eighties. He was known for arriving […]

Welcome back

Welcome back! Those of you who’ve been checking in from time to time know that we’ve been quiet on this page of the website for a while. Now we’re back, with a lot of ideas triggered by work with our clients. Also, the “we” behind Better Leaders now includes Jim Fagan as a Partner and […]

Owning your Power: Effective Dynamics in the Workplace (Part 2)

Last week we examined the idea of relinquishing power and trusting others. It’s important that that as a manager, the greatest thing you can do is to establish a working relationship built on respect. It’s not letting go when you relinquish power, it’s allowing others the opportunity and space to shine. Remember that sometimes, a […]

Owning your Power: Effective Dynamics in the Workplace (Part 1)

With the unusual ability to bridge sales and execution teams, Bill quickly rose through the corporate ranks at a global company. When the time came to elevate his work to match his new SVP title, he found himself consumed by lower-level tasks in his old department. Bill was afraid of giving up his familiar role—he […]

Owning Your Power: Awareness and Authority (Part 1)

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” -Shakespeare, Henry IV, 1597  As general manager at a tech company, Mary (renamed for anonymity) was in line for a big promotion. But one thing stood in her way: an influential higher-up—let’s call him Bob—was not too fond of her. Or so she thought. In reality, Bob […]