• Leadership Development Programs

    By Kevin on April 11, 2019
    What are the key elements of a leadership development program for new leaders?
  • Great Leaders is available now!

    By Kevin on April 2, 2019

    Today is the day! After three years of research, writing, and delays from the publisher, Great Leaders Have No Rules is available now. The book is available in print and ebook (and audiobook should be available by the end of the week). Click here: Order your copy now. It’s...

  • Leadership Nudges

    By Kevin on March 24, 2019

    What if our managers don’t need more content, but rather more support applying the stuff they’ve already learned? I finally had a chance to write a long article for the LEADx blog about leadership nudges. Behavioral nudge theory, from Dr. Richard Thaler, has been shown to dramatically change behaviors–and...

  • Wash away

    By Kevin on June 8, 2018

    Last night celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain killed himself. Three days ago fashion designer Kate Spade killed herself. These celebrity suicides cause us to recall Robin Williams suicide four years ago. Celebrity suicides seem to hit us–and certainly make headlines–far more than the “other” 50,000 suicides that happen in America...

  • I Was A Popular, But Horrible Boss

    By Kevin on October 20, 2017

    For two decades I was a horrible boss. Most of the people who worked for me wouldn’t say that. Most of them liked me. I was popular, friendly, transparent, empowering, supportive. So what was the problem? I was non-confrontational. I didn’t give tough feedback. I let problems linger. Why?...

  • There is never a war

    By Kevin on October 19, 2017

    Crazy good interview with David Letterman. His rivalry with Jay Leno was legendary as was his self-doubt and obsession with being #1. But he says now:   “It was ‘The Late Night Wars’, oh ‘Jay’s winning, nobody likes me, and everybody likes Jay…Now I think, what was that? Who’s...

  • The Stress Ritual I Use For Instant Calm

    By Kevin on October 19, 2017

    My friends call me stoic, Dr. Spock, or just Zen’d out. But the stress I’ve felt over the last 8 weeks has been crazy. Logically I know I shouldn’t feel stress. But anxiety isn’t logical. Anxiety means I’m living in the future. I’m worrying about things that haven’t happened,...

  • One Podcast Host’s Obsession Confession

    By Kevin on August 12, 2017

    I promise you this article isn’t about podcasting. I’ve made over 100 changes to my podcast, The LEADx Show, even though it only launched five months ago. I’ve changed the mic, changed the recording software, changed the entire show format, changed the type of guest I’m inviting, even added...

  • Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones into Meetings

    By Kevin on July 24, 2017

    How can we be productive–how can we get DEEP WORK done–when we’re being barraged with endless text messages, emails and social media alerts? And when we do reach for our phones at work, many think we’re being rude. I discussed this issue a couple years ago on FOX.  

  • Hire Better People And You Won’t Need Rules

    By Kevin on September 15, 2016

    Previously I’ve written about the downside of rules at work and how rules can be replaced with Accountability and Transparency+Trust. In this article I’d like to explore the foundational solution, which is hiring great people. Do corporate rules really reflect a hidden hiring problem? What can we learn from...

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