Coping Is Doping

I was recently talking with a friend about a difficult situation in her life, and she said, “I just need to figure out a different way of coping with this.” When I heard those words, it immediately struck me that coping differently is not the answer – in that situation […]

Let Your People Lead

I love history, and I recently came across this fabulous quote from General George Patton: “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” Yes, it seems simple, but the important question is whether you practice this wisdom in your leadership. I regularly […]

It’s Easy to Be the Boss

It’s easy to talk like a boss and just as easy to be the boss. It’s also easy to talk about being a leader, but it’s often difficult to actually be a leader. Perhaps this is why we have plenty of bosses, but precious few leaders. However, differentiating leaders from […]

Are You the Titanic?

We all know the story of the Titanic – the unsinkable ship turned out to be sinkable, and as a result over 1,500 people died in this preventable disaster. While the movie Titanic romanticized the tragedy, the facts speak volumes: The Titanic’s total capacity of passengers and crew was 3,547 (2,222 […]

Are You on Autopilot?

This past week I was gifted in several conversations with flashbacks to various movie scenes that spoke to me about critical leadership and life truths, and one of these was from the movie Airplane! (1980). While the film is nearly forty years old, many of you will be familiar with […]

A Tolerance Process

Recently, I wrote about the role and impact of tolerance in your leadership (and life), offering this truth: “Your leadership, your relationships and your career are not defined by what you preach, but by what you tolerate.” I’ve gotten a great deal of push back and resistance to this position […]

Culture Killers

Everyone’s talking about it, but few are building it. Everyone says they want it, but few are willing to commit to it. Everyone thinks they have it, but few actually do. Yes, I’m talking about culture – more specifically, a culture by design. One truth about culture is that unless […]

“This Has to Stop” Is Not the Answer

If you’re like most leaders and team members, you’re familiar with this phrase:  “This has to stop.” It’s a phrase we use in meetings and conversations when one or more people have identified a problem in the organization – something that’s not working or which is getting in the way […]

What If They Know?

There’s an old saying: “You can run, but you can’t hide.” I’m not sure about the derivation or intended meaning of this saying, but it reminds me of the ways that we attempt to hide from others what we’re really thinking. Frankly, I think it’s impossible to hide our feelings […]

The Leadership Quadrant

Stephen Covey’s time management quadrants (from his best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) have been referenced and utilized for decades, and they continue to be a valuable guide to improving your effectiveness in business and in life. The concept is pretty simple – all activities fall into […]