Archive for March, 2011

Why on earth would someone change their behavior just because you said so? And what  can you do about it?

Week after week, a manager complains to her staff about missed project deadlines. Usually, only one or two completely finish the tasks they were assigned. The others make some progress toward their weekly goals or none at all. She lectures them about taking personal responsibility for the team’s success.

An instructor gently chides students in his class for not participating more in class. As he stands in front of the classroom, looking at the 20 students clustered in rows in front of his desk, he says, “This is such a small class. We could have excellent participation if only you would talk more about the readings. If you want to advance in your careers, you need to learn to take more individual responsibility.”

A parent yells at her kid for dumping his books, jackets, and lunch box on the floor right by the door when she comes home from school every day. “This is your home,” she explains with exasperation in her voice. “When are you going to learn to take responsibility for how it looks?”

The concept of “leading consciously” implies individual responsibility — people willingly assuming conscious awareness of thoughts, emotions, and actions. Yet, individual responsibility alone won’t get us where we want to go if situational factors work against us. And lecturing others about individual responsibility is equally doomed to failure if their environment is compelling them in another direction.

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Recognized by AllTop!

I am honored that Jean Latting’s Blog has been recognized by Alltop as a top website! The blog is featured in the Leadership category.

This is exciting because it means that we will become more widely known and information about how to lead consciously will reach more people. We will also be in company — the leadership blogs that we have joined there are amazing!

For those of you who don’t know about Alltop, it’s a wonderful website that takes the headlines of the best websites and categorizes them so that readers can easily find information about the topics they are looking for. It’s more like an encyclopedia of current information than a search engine. You can find information in almsot any category you want.

If you check out the Alltop website — and I hope you will — pleae let me know about other interesting blogs or articles that are relevant to leading consciously. For that matter, please let me know about relevant articles and blogs that interest you from anywhere. That way, I may be able to repost the information here for others to see.

Look at the bottom of this page and you will see our badge of recognition. It says “All the top stories” and “Featured in Alltop”.

So exciting!

3 behavior changes to increase team performance

Preface:  Martin Prouix, President of Pyxis and an organizational coach, posted this article on his blog,, this past fall. I thought Martin’s thoughts on team performance were worth sharing.


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