Entries by IrvineStone

The Secrets To Performance Management: Lessons From A Swan

Why is it that so many bosses dread performance management discussions with their employees? Why are performance conversations often so tough? Why doesn’t everybody get inspired about performance? The secret to turning those tough performance conversations into inspired action, into discussions that you genuinely look forward to, is one word: passion. If people aren’t passionate […]

12 Keys To Authentic Leadership: You Do Know When It’s Real

Below are 12 key messages that underlie my fundamental philosophy of leadership. Most of these messages aren’t mine. I’ve borrowed them from many of the great leaders I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years: Leadership is about inspiring and engaging people to work toward a compelling vision – by seeing the gifts […]

The Truth About Employee Accountability

Everyone’s saying it: organizations need to be accountable. Leaders need to be accountable. Employees need to be accountable. So why do most accountability programs fail? The concept and experience of employee accountability needs rejuvenation. You have to get to the deep meaning of accountability. You have to be clear about who you are accountable to, […]

How To Make Sense of Organizational Leadership

We’ve all seen cases of sending employees to a leadership training program with no understanding of what skills or attitudes they are accountable to come out with. There is no measurement for whether or not the program makes any difference. Indiscriminately bringing in leadership “trainers” or aimlessly sending your leaders to a course because it […]

Security, Identity, and Your Leadership Impact

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”- Helen Keller. The Calgary Stampeders lost the Grey Cup recently, and I woke […]