JMW’s Consultants and clients share their thoughts on some of the challenges faced by today’s leaders.

Leadership - it's all about the future

A common view of leaders is that they are the people who have assumed a certain position – the manager, the executive, the elected official.  Being part of this community, you know that’s not the...

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Elevating Execution Capability

One of the key issues that comes up in our conversations with senior executives over the past 30 years is how to improve execution capability. The question we get asked time and again is: What...

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Carrots and Sticks vs. Hearts and Minds: How to authentically motivate people

Our clients, like most leaders, are often concerned with how to motivate their employees to perform. In her recent post Rewards: Are they demotivating your team?, Harriet Anzek discussed Daniel...

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Executives in Transition: Opportunity for Reinvention

Recently I have spoken with several executives in the midst of a transition. This has included people entering into an expanded role in their existing organization, taking a role in a new...

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Rewards - are they demotivating your team?

“Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink was first published in 2009. If you haven’t read the book and are responsible for another’s performance or if you’re faced with...

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What dodging performance conversations might be saying to your team

A number of years ago I became aware of an aspect of performance that I’d never considered before. In particular, this situation was about addressing poor performance, or, more accurately, the...

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Is there really a difference between management and leadership?

Some might question whether there’s much, if any, difference between management and leadership, since both require the ability to work effectively with people to make something happen. 

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Challenging the Limits of Today’s Reality: Thoughts and Readings for Leaders

At JMW, we are committed to deepen our understanding of the world from the vantage point of leadership and performance. This blog aims to share some of the questions that have emerged in this...

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3 keys to building momentum in a downturn

In today’s economy many leaders are faced with having to cut budgets to adjust to market conditions and remain profitable.  For most organizations this means reducing staff numbers, which means...

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The Readiness Gap

Making the Transition from Reliable, Competent Manager, to Courageous, Creative Leader

As organizations take stock of their talent pipelines after years of economic recession, many are beginning to...

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