Steve Kerr on leading the Warriors

Steve Kerr has built the Golden State Warriors into a formidable team of selfless contributors.

Before getting to yes, get to ‘that’s right’

Letting your negotiating partner feel heard and acknowledged opens the door to solutions.

Leaders think it’s never good enough

Want to make history? Want to win? It’s not talent or skills that matter as much as these two attributes.

Can yelling be a leadership strategy?

Why do some hotheads get away with it while others are tarnished?


Get real, get ahead

Today's Leadership Tip

Success is often equated with people of high intelligence and busy schedules. But Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, is making the case that sleep is crucial for success. She says there has become an unhealthy movement of “sleep deprivation one-upmanship,” where people try to show how busy they are by telling how little sleep they get. Instead of trying to outdo others with the small amounts of sleep you get, lead the way for a healthier and more successful life by sleeping the recommended amount of hours.


Q: It drives me crazy how our CEO loves to pay for overpriced consultants to tell us what we already know (or at least what I could’ve told the CEO for free). I’m never asked for my opinion. What’s a diplomatic way for me to convey my concern?

Hiring and retaining great employees is the #1 most critical factor in the success of you and your organization. But how do you identify who will be the WINNERS from who will be the WHINERS? And once you hire the winners, how do you motivate and retain them?

While my message today is always relevant, as we get closer to the end of the year, there are more and more goal-setting conversations. While these conversations are important and necessary, I believe too much emphasis can be placed on goal setting. Not because setting goals isn’t important, but because too many people exert effort to set goals then feel like the job is done, which is like going to the starting line of a race, crouching down in the blocks and feeling like you don’t need to run the race because your work is already done.

Blogger Scott Kriz thinks consistency is one of the strongest traits among the world’s greatest leaders.

Q: “A woman in my office wears so much perfume that you can still smell it after she passes by. Unfortunately, her cubicle is next to mine, and the constant odor gives me a headache. When I mentioned this to her supervisor, he said no one else had complained. Now I'm debating whether to leave her an anonymous note or go to human resources. What do you think?”