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Should Leaders Say They’re Sorry?

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 4:02 pm by Gary Winters

Much is being made these days of President Obama’s willingness to apologize. During his presidential campaign, he apologized to a reporter for calling her “Sweetie.” Recently he apologized for his insensitivity with regard to a joke he told on the Tonight Show about his bowling skills. Within the past couple of days, he has apologized […]


Three Words Leaders Hate to Say

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at 2:01 pm by Gary Winters

We live in troubled times. (Hint: We ALWAYS live in troubled times, but that’s for another post.) During these times of uncertainty, anxiety and change, as leaders we are called upon more than ever to take our teams to “the promised land.” Will we get there? Will we be alright? What’s going to change, and […]


What’s the Truth?

Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 at 12:30 pm by Gary Winters

There are four kinds of truth, and three sides to every story. In the movie The Kid Stays in the Picture, Robert Evans offers this thought: “There are three sides to every story: my side, your side, and the truth. And no one is lying.” I’ve long believed there are actually four kinds of truth: […]


Get off your “but” and deliver more effective feedback

Posted on Sunday, March 30th, 2008 at 9:03 am by Gary Winters

Mary has just come from a meeting with Alex, a relatively new member of her team, where she watched Alex deliver a short presentation. Mary wants to seize the “coachable moment” and give him some feedback on his performance. From her point of view, the presentation went fairly well. That said, it would have been […]