Archive for S.ChrisEdmonds SmartBlogs

“I just don’t trust him.”

So said a senior leader of a peer recently during interviews I conducted to learn more about their organization’s culture and how their leadership team operates.

It’s a message I hear all too often when working with executive teams. The demands placed on senior leaders cause them to act in ways that help their functional areas — accounting or manufacturing, for example — even if their behavior causes issues with their peers’ functional areas.[…] Continue Reading »

I’ve been speaking, coaching, and writing about how leaders can build high-performing, values-aligned cultures for over 25 years.

My proven framework helps leaders create an organizational constitution and then align all plans, decisions, and actions to it.

Your organizational constitution formalizes expectations in four vital areas:

  • Purpose (your company’s present day “reason for being,” besides making money)
  • Values and behaviors (what great citizens look, act, and sound like)
  • Strategies
  • Goals.
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How would you rate your personal integrity? On a grading scale of A (high demonstrated integrity) to F (low demonstrated integrity), what grade would you give yourself? Even more important, how would the people you live with and work with grade you?

What should one consider when rating their own or someone else’s integrity? Here’s a client’s approach to integrity, which is one of their company’s core values.[…] Continue Reading »

We live in the mountains outside of Denver at 8,400 feet above sea level. When people learn that, they assume I’m a snow skier. They’re surprised when I tell them I’m not.

I did try, years ago.

I went to college in Southern California. One of my roommates was a very good snow skier. His family had a cabin up in Lake Tahoe.[…] Continue Reading »

When was the last time you observed a human on the verge of a meltdown at work? Or in the middle of a meltdown?

It’s impressive.

Something happens that’s unexpected. A player — sometimes a team leader — pops their cork. They’re upset and frustrated. They might stomp and slam doors. They might yell at others. They’re completely disappointed in something and they let everyone know it.[…] Continue Reading »