Monday, January 25, 2016

The Power of Partnership

When we formed CODA Partners, we knew immediately that our company name would include the word partner.  Why?  Because long before there was a CODA Partners we had established a working relationship through which our individual value to our organization was increased by the influence we had on each other’s work, thinking, and expectations.

Friday, January 15, 2016

What Does Senior Leadership Support Really Mean



Recently we have seen a number of blog posts that underscore the importance of executive sponsorship and support for leadership development initiatives.  In fact, the more involvement of senior leadership in the program, the better the outcomes.  We could not agree more. 

We have learned through our own leadership development participants and the stakeholders supporting their involvement that, in order to obtain the level and kind of support the participants need, it is important for us, as facilitators, to define exactly what we mean by sponsorship and support.  To ensure this, we build a series of strategic conversations with senior leadership in the program design phase, with an emphasis on what leaders can do to ensure participant achieve the full benefit of the program.    



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Once Again, Leader Self-Awareness Cited as the Key Criteria for Effectiveness

In the middle of my yearly ritual to purge my office of stacks of papers, reports, and articles that accumulated during the year, I came across a nugget that I had apparently overlooked since 2010.  Yes, there is a stack that tends to “roll over” into subsequent years. At the bottom of a pile of white papers and technical reports, I found a study completed by Green Peak Partners and Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The report confirms what we have increasingly come to believe in the leadership development world:  Self-aware leaders deliver better performance.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Wright Brothers Knew More than Flying

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I read David McCullough’s biography, The Wright Brothers, something I encourage anyone reading this to do as well.

In the days before, as we prepared to update and further document our thoughts on Connected Communications, I had re-read a number of books and articles that had, along with our own experiences and lessons learned from 30-plus years of training, influenced or reinforced our initial thinking when we created CODA’s model for Connected Communications.  It was likely the proximity of these two reading and reflective experiences that led me to place significance on this quote from Wilbur and Orville Wright.  These words below documented the manner in which they approached their lives in general and their work on flying machines that changed our world.


The best dividends on the labor invested have invariably come from seeking more knowledge rather than power. 


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

So Your Project Isn't Moving Forward? Three Questions to Help Drive Out Complacency and Regain Traction in Your Team.



The issue of project stagnation continues to be a critical concern for leaders in our various leader development programs. We tackled this topic in an earlier blog post from April 2013 and continue to have conversations with program participants during breaks and between sessions about specific actions they can take to evaluate why traction has been lost and what they can do to begin moving the project (or team) forward.  As a companion piece to this earlier entry, we would like to share three critical questions that we believe will help leaders begin the process of driving out complacency and regaining traction with their projects.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ten Leadership Lessons from the Amazing Race

My wife, daughter, and I are big fans of the CBS show, “The Amazing Race” and look forward to a new episode each Sunday night.  The premise of the show is simple.  Dyads of teams composed of family members, lifelong friends, co-workers, and even occasional cheerleaders and Harlem Globetrotters race across the globe completing a range of physical and mental challenges.  I have often thought that the competition is a good allegory for leadership.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

In Leadership, Words Matter

Words are manifested leadership. They have the power to open doors, build bridges, inspire vision, and engage the world.  For the careless, they can be used to diminish, victimize, imprison, or destroy. Most of us do not have the luxury of a front row seat to witness our leaders’ daily behaviors.  Instead, we largely draw our opinions of who our leaders are by what they say or write - how they assemble verbs, adjectives, nouns, and pronouns. Plans, intentions, position, perspective, and philosophy are conveyed by how a leader communicates. Leaders should give as much attention to the words they choose as they do strategy and execution.