Choosing Your Leadership

Thursday, I had the pleasure of speaking on leadership to a large group in Akron, Ohio. My core theme was the Five Foundations of Conscious Leadership: Awake Aware Authentic Accountable ActionizedTM My program also spoke about authentic leadership and servant leadership, and it also included a discussion of the vital […]

It’s Not Cliché If You’re Doing It©

Several years ago a friend told me about a “game” to play at conferences, during workshops, and in meetings. The game was called Bulls**t Bingo and it involved listening for overused terms, phrases and words that overpopulate business conversations, including “think outside the box”, “real-time”, “on the same page”, “integration”, […]

What If You Don’t Know?©

We all think we know. We certainly all want to know. We think we know what we need to do different or better. We want to know that we are on track and be aware if we are off track. We think we know (or will know) when we’re engaging […]

What Are You Prepared to Do?©

What’s your level of urgency and what are you prepared to do about it? Consider these challenging words from Dan Millman (world champion athlete, author, speaker, coach and inspirer): “Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness–if you had little time left to live – you […]

Don’t Be a Superhero©

Today is the opening of Age of Ultron, the next installment in the Avengers superhero series. While I’m sure it will be a megahit at the box office, I wonder what its impact will be on the people who see it, both young and old. Superheroes have always been looked […]

Relationship Magic©

Whether we like it or not, most people do things that serve their best interests. This is not selfish but merely the nature of people, and thus we must always begin any quest into a new way of thinking and being with the inquiry, “What’s in it for you (or […]

Welcome Integrity©

One differentiating trait of conscious leaders is that they understand the impact words have on behaviors, and one example of this understanding relates to the theme of integrity within accountability. Our culture today is one where promises are often viewed as nothing more than words—that a “yes” does not equate […]

Courageously Vulnerable© (adapted from Unmask: Let Go of Who You’re “Supposed” to Be & Unleash Your True Leader)

Yes, I did it. I brought the dreaded “V” word into the business conversation, and it is about time because our world and our businesses need a whole lot more vulnerability. In many ways, vulnerability is slowly and quietly becoming the new strategic weapon for business leaders. It is also […]

Reframing Courage© (adapted from Unmask: Let Go of Who You’re “Supposed” to Be & Unleash Your True Leader)

One of the best ways to experience the difference between conscious and unconscious leaders is to examine the concept of courage and what it means for a leader (or any person) to be courageous. Here are some of the most common definitions of courage: Mental or moral strength to persevere, […]

Shoulda Coulda Woulda©

I believe in words—the power of words—and their ability both to empower and to disempower. The reason is simple: you listen to the words you say, so you believe them and then they become true for you. One of the very subtle disempowering words that we often use (without even […]