Monthly Archives: March 2011

Follow the Leader: The Unexpected Leader

I’ve worked with Malin Liden for several years now and the one thing I immediately noticed about her is that she is so appreciative and supportive of her team.  She gives recognition when she can for their hard work and she gives them multiple opportunities to be creative and then lets them fly.  She supports them in taking risks and she allows them to learn from their mistakes. Big lesson here – trust and support your team.  read more »

Go Blind or Go Home

There was once an executive who suffered from what I like to call “Selective Blindness Syndrome.”  This may sound like a terrible disorder that could insinuate turning a “blind eye” to issues but, in fact, it is just the opposite.

You see, this executive couldn’t stand the senseless meetings, politics, and hoops that were required to get things done.  So, for certain projects, she decided to bypass the system a bit – she didn’t pay attention to titles, niceties, and, for lack of better terms, the BS.

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Follow The Leader – A Spark In The Energy Industry

You know Darlene is in the room before you see her.  Her mere presence seems to cause a shift in the atmosphere – the room seems a little brighter, the people seem a little more relaxed, and the feeling in the air is one of – ok, now we are going to get work done.

Darlene means business.  Not only is she a mother of two young children, with a successful role at an energy company, and a recent law degree – she is also ultra smart, lightning quick, and knows the energy industry inside and out.

But perhaps Darlene’s greatest strength – the one that causes people around her to take notice – is her attitude.  Positive, authentic, and focused. read more »

Trust Your People, People

I was in a meeting recently and had one of those “a-ha moments” a la Oprah Winfrey.

We were discussing a high visibility project with an ambitious deadline and at the end of the call, one of the executive sponsors of the project directly asked who was accountable for the project (Read – who’s responsible if it fails?) and then continued to the group: “Now- you have all that you need to move forward – I assume you will meet the deadline – and I expect that the results will be fantastic.” read more »

Partnering for Success

I once worked for an extremely successful female executive who also managed to balance a wonderful family life with two kids, great marriage – you know the drill. Whenever she got the question: “How do you do it – how do you balance it all?” her answer was always the same: The secret to my success is a supportive partner. read more »