What’s Your Impact Awareness?

Previously, I’ve written about this leadership truth: Everything you do (or don’t do) and everything you say (or don’t say) has an impact, intended and unintended. Conscious and effective leaders constantly scan for and consider these impacts. The awareness and personal ownership of these impacts is a vital part of […]

Assessing the ROIS

You’re probably guessing that this post is about ROI’s (Return on Investment), but you’re wrong. It’s about a concept that came to me during a recent leadership keynote I delivered. I was talking about one of my favorite topics – the ways that soft skills (e.g. people skills, social skills, […]

Accountability and The Set Up

Accountability is about three things. First, making clear commitments. Second, telling the truth on yourself and owning your choices (that led to me not honoring my commitments). Third, recovering when I am out of accountability and learning from my failures. And I can only really learn from my failures when […]

The Essence of Leadership I

Last week I wrote about the leadership gap (misalignment and lack of integrity), as well as what leadership is not (leadership versus management). I also made the bold assertion that leadership is the solution for “what’s broken in business, in communities, in families, and in the rest of the world.” […]

Be Impeccable!

Believe it or not, I’m a simple guy – at least in my thinking. I like to keep things simple in how I think and how I live. Part of that simplicity involves how I look at my own behavior and the behavior of others. Another part applies to how […]

What Do You Stand For?©

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to tour the home of James Monroe (5th President of the United States) at Ash Lawn Highland near Charlottesville, VA (www.ashlawnhighland.org). Frankly, I didn’t know much about James Monroe before the tour, and I was fascinated by some of the key elements of […]

Keep It Simple©

No, I am not writing about the already tired and overused K.I.S.S. concept (Keep It Simple, Stupid), at least not in the way that you’ve read about it before. However, I am suggesting that you focus on simplicity in how you think, believe and decide because simple is the only […]

It’s Not You, It’s Me©

Back by popular demand and following up on last week’s Leadership Lessons from Butch & Sundance, this week’s leadership and life lessons come from the television. Specifically, from the wisdom of Seinfeld – the show that claims to be about nothing but is really about everyday life (if you look […]

Who’s to Blame?©

None of us want to admit that we blame or make excuses. While we know that blaming, excuse-making and playing the role of the victim are prevalent in our culture, certainly it must be everyone else. The problem is that the math just doesn’t add up – if the majority […]

Start With the Center of the Circle©

I love when I learn something new or gain a new perspective on something, and that is precisely what happened this past week thanks to my dear friend, David Akers! David is an innovative entrepreneur, a deep thinker and a good question asker, and he often has a way of […]