5 Reasons Projects Fail and What You Can Do About It

5 Reasons Projects Fail and What You Can Do About It

Projects large and small fail at an alarming rate despite the best plans and intentions. Recent studies show that IT projects fail more often than not and for every billion dollars that is invested, 122 million is wasted due to poor project performance. To help leaders mitigate the risk of this happening in their organizations, I have described 5 common reasons projects fail as well as a few suggestions to prevent it from happening.

What Pee Wee Soccer Taught Me about Leadership

What Pee Wee Soccer Taught Me about Leadership

As an executive coach focused on developing leaders, I have observed a number of parallels between my professional work and coaching kids on the sports field. In particular, the values I introduce to our rec sports teams overlap with those adopted by some of the most successful leaders. While they look a bit different on a wide-eyed 6 year old versus a seasoned and sometimes cynical executive, they do hold up quite well.  Below I have depicted how the values come to life within our youth sports teams as well as how I apply them in developing leaders.

 

Putting Your Strengths into Action: 5 Questions to Ask

Putting Your Strengths into Action: 5 Questions to Ask

After being exposed to the impact and benefits of taking a Strengths-based approach to leadership, leaders and executives will typically ask us, “What are some quick tips to help carry this forward?” Read on for some quick hitters to take the next step in using Strengths and integrate them into your day-to-day role.

Overcoming Doubt: Reframe it and Focus on the Data

Overcoming Doubt: Reframe it and Focus on the Data

We all face doubt, from the most elite athletes and performers to successful executives, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and even military special forces. It’s part of human nature that doubt will creep in from time to time (and more!) for even the most confident among us. Below are some useful tips that I have learned along the way that can be helpful in tackling doubt.

Group Sixty to Launch Book on Leadership Titled "The Savage Leader"

Group Sixty to Launch Book on Leadership Titled "The Savage Leader"

Darren Reinke, Managing Director of Group Sixty, is distilling leadership strategies and tactics from Group Sixty's leadership development practice into a book to be released in the first half of 2018. The book is titled The Savage Leader: How to Unlock Your Potential for Personal and Professional Success and will be available to friends of Group Sixty before it is released to the general public. Click the link to learn more and join the waiting list so that you will be notified when it's available.

The One Goal Needed for Groundbreaking Success in 2018

The One Goal Needed for Groundbreaking Success in 2018

As we look to 2018, goals are one of the first things that leaders set to ensure success in the coming year and beyond.  As leaders, we set organizational goals as well as team goals and possibly individual goals focused on new hard skills to obtain and behaviors to adopt. However, our goals are often not ambitious enough and focus merely on incremental change.

Do More than Give Thanks This Holiday Season: Acknowledge Those Making Changes

Do More than Give Thanks This Holiday Season: Acknowledge Those Making Changes

During the holiday season, and Thanksgiving in particular, many of us take time to appreciate all of the wonderful gifts that we have. While it’s important to focus internally and be grateful for all that we have, during this holiday season I would encourage you to take it one step further, shift the focus externally, and acknowledge those members of your team and organization who are not just achieving, but who are making CHANGES to their mindsets and trying on new behaviors in support of greater career and life success.

Common Pitfalls to Team Collaboration… And What You Can Do About It

Common Pitfalls to Team Collaboration… And What You Can Do About It

Collaboration continues to be a buzzword among leaders. Read the “Mission and Values” statements of companies in any industry, and you will surely see a common theme centered on “Collaboration”. However, in practice driving collaboration into your organization is more difficult than it may seem. In this article, we have cataloged several ways collaboration gets short-circuited and what you can do about it.

6 Reasons to Take a Strengths-Based Approach to Leadership Development

6 Reasons to Take a Strengths-Based Approach to Leadership Development

I have long been a proponent of a strengths-based approach to developing people, both in work and in life. Though, it wasn’t until I endeavored into executive coaching years ago that I realized my approach to leadership development, coaching youth sports, and mentoring more junior staff was rooted in strengths. This article highlights 6 benefits of taking a strengths-based approach to developing leaders.

How to Be Like Google: Creating Psychological Safety within Your Team

How to Be Like Google: Creating Psychological Safety within Your Team

Many CEOs and executives struggle with the challenge of creating a high-performing leadership team. Leaders wonder if the focus should be on assembling a team of “A Players” or a team that has a wide array of experiences and skillsets. According to the research from Google’s Project Aristotle, the number one trait of the highest performing teams is the presence of psychological safety. Below is a set of practices that have been proven to be successful with our clients.

5 Tips to Help Leaders Become Coaches to Their Teams

5 Tips to Help Leaders Become Coaches to Their Teams

The most successful leaders tend to be decisive, strategic, innovative, and experts in key domains required of their industry.However, the best leaders also understand they cannot do it all alone. In particular, we often overlook the ability of a leader to act as a coach to their team members. In fact, developing your team may be the single most important thing a leader does. 

Give Your New Year’s Resolutions Some Teeth with Accountability

Give Your New Year’s Resolutions Some Teeth with Accountability

The end of December marks the time when many of us make commitments for the next year in the form of New Year’s Resolutions. New resolutions sound simple and easy to stick to in concept, but seeing them through is a much different proposition. In fact, according to Statistic Brain, only 8% of people follow-through on the resolutions they make in January.

5 Tips to Break Out of Incremental Thinking

5 Tips to Break Out of Incremental Thinking

One of the common problems we see in our work with executive coaching and consulting clients is companies, teams, and individual leaders defaulting to a mindset of incremental thinking instead of training the eye towards step-wise or exponential growth. A focus on incremental growth is rooted in very rational thinking...

5 Tips to More Effective Goal Setting

5 Tips to More Effective Goal Setting

Goal setting is one of the most critical annual activities for business leaders and entrepreneurs, but also for professionals looking to grow their careers. While many people set annual goals and are well versed in the SMART Goal Framework, goal setting often fails to achieve the desired results due to a lack of alignment between long-term goals and day-to-day task lists as well as a lack of accountability to ensure we do the things we say we are going to do.

With that in mind, below are 5 tips to setting better and more audacious goals as well as ensuring you blow through them on a regular basis.