Tag Archive - Trust

I Can’t Lead Without Leaving My Office

You can't lead from here!

Is this scene familiar to you? The boss walks through the office and says “Good morning” to people before closing his door until lunch. He walks back through the office after lunch saying “Good afternoon” to people before closing his door until he leaves the building at the end of the day. “See you tomorrow!”, he says cheerfully.

It may seem like a scene from “The Office” or a Dilbert cartoon. But unfortunately when I speak or consult with companies, this is a common scenario. The major source of interaction people have with their boss is through electronic communications. This is not leading! Continue Reading…

I Trusted. I Got Burned. So What?

I have a choice!

It stung! No doubt about it. A few months after Bob left the company, I found out he had pulled the wool over my eyes. I got burned by someone I had trusted.

He faked his work activity reports. He forged signatures of clients. There were even rumors of him talking to me on the phone during work hours as he lay in bed with one of his colleagues. Continue Reading…

Confident Leaders Invite Arguments

Will you listen?

“Argue with me.” He said it, AND he meant it. As I watched this leader invite his team to tear down his idea, I was astonished, inspired and humbled.

  • Astonished: Because I had never seen a leader so readily open to criticism from the people he led.
  • Inspired: Because I watched his team argue passionately for and against the leader’s point of view.
  • Humbled: Because I realized I am not always confident enough to have my ideas torn down by others.

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One Thing That Kills Trust

"It's my fault."

Who do I trust? And why do I trust them?  There are a lot of things that play a role in whom I trust.

Integrity, consistency, and reliability are just a few.  I trust people who display these attributes – most of the time.  However, even the most honest, consistent and reliable person will lose my trust if they are arrogant.

Humility inspires trust.  Arrogance creates doubt.

Doubt kills trust. Continue Reading…

When Compassion Kills A Team

Misplaced Compassion Can Kill

The softer side of leadership is in vogue these days.  Those softer leadership skills are critical to a leader’s long-term success.  A leader who doesn’t care about his team will one day turn around and find no one following him.

However, problems arise when leaders allow these principles to prevent them from making the hard decisions a leader must make. Continue Reading…

Leadership and the Venture Capitalist – 30 min Interview with James Brown of Arena Growth Partners and Dave Anderson of IMPACT Talk Radio

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Dave Anderson interviews James Brown, co-founder of venture capital firm Arena Growth Partners. Topic: Leadership and the Venture CapitalistWhat are they looking for? (30 minutes)

James Brown is a West Point graduate with an MBA from Harvard and a JD from NYU School of Law. He has led private equity firms with over $4 billion in assets under management. (www.arenagrowthpartners.com)

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How to Choose a Business Partner – Interview with James Brown of Arena Growth Partners and Dave Anderson host of IMPACT Talk Radio

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Dave Anderson speaks with James Brown, co-founder of venture capital firm Arena Growth Partners. Topic: How to Choose a Business Partner. (30 minutes)

James Brown is a West Point graduate with an MBA from Harvard and a JD from NYU School of Law.  He has led private equity firms with over $4 billion in assets under management. (www.arenagrowthpartners.com)

All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 5 Million downloads to date!)

Please rate us on iTunes as well!

Other resources -free PDF downloads of character-based interview questions are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com.

Listen Here:

Or download the podcast by clicking here and listen later!

Stop Reacting! Start Leading!
Listen to IMPACT Talk Radio today for no fluff, straight talking solutions designed to IMPACT high IMPACT leaders who want to lead high IMPACT Teams. Every show goes beyond theory and gets into HOW to make an IMPACT that matters.

Three Reasons People Don’t Trust You

Are you trusted?

His team didn’t trust him and Tom was confused. He was a good guy and an award winning salesman prior to being promoted. But, he and his team were not connecting. They liked him just fine. But, they did not trust him.

Trust is not easy. In today’s world, it takes more than just being a good person and being honest. The more I work with leaders (young and old) the more I see this same pattern. People want to be trusted, but they continue to do things that erode trust. Continue Reading…

My Un-Resume: I Didn’t Listen

My Un-Resume

Julie had her reservations.  She wasn’t sure if this guy was right for the job.  Over my first 18 months on the job, Julie always spoke with candor, and she seemed to be a good judge of people.

But, I didn’t listen.  I convinced myself, and then her, that this guy was right for the job.   I made a good case. With some skepticism, she finally agreed. So, I hired him.

Within 90 days, I knew I was in trouble.  I should have listened to Julie. Continue Reading…

Two Keys To Avoiding Over-Commitment

Saying "Yes" can be an affliction

Yes is one word.  It is one word that can please so many and also let so many people down.  I struggle to say NoNo does not come easily, but it has saved me and saved my credibility more than once.

I am sure I am not alone.  I often commit to a good project or a good cause due to my desire to please others.  I, like many other people who over-commit themselves, end up damaging relationships rather than strengthening them. Continue Reading…

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