Embrace the Dump in Meetings

Think about the last time you were in a meeting where you had very strong reservations about the idea being presented or the person presenting the idea. Perhaps you had extreme doubts about achieving the goal being discussed or you had lots of examples of ways that the team or […]

Leadership Legacy

There’s a 1980’s country song called “Lookin’ for Love” (most remembered from the movie Urban Cowboy) that includes this repeated lyric: “Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.” Most of you have heard this song, and I think it has lots of application to leadership – specifically, that we’re […]

The Leader Pause

I recently had an unexpected encounter with one of the audience members in a large group setting where I was speaking. I was not able to read her name tag, and I didn’t hear her (due to my hearing loss) when I asked for her name. As a result, I […]

The Unintentional Leader

I was recently meeting with a group of client team members, and upon entering the room one of the team members commented that I was not sitting at the end of the table, where most people sit when they’re leading a meeting. I told him that my choice of seat […]

A Few Good Questions

I’m writing this blog while taking a high speed ferry from the Island of Santorini, Greece to Athens, Greece, where I’ll be speaking and exploring over the next five days. This most recent business and travel experience and adventure has given me extended time and opportunity to ponder and contemplate […]

Who Is Carrying Your Culture Flag?

Don’t worry, this blog is NOT related to our current topic of interest – standing or kneeling during the National Anthem. However, it does relate to flags. Back to flags in a moment, but first a word about culture. One truth about culture is that every organization has a culture […]

The New KPI

I’m guessing that most of you are familiar with the term or concept of a KPI – a key performance indicator. Leaders and organizations embrace KPI’s in different ways and to different degrees – from occasional reference to them to putting KPI’s at the forefront of all strategic planning and […]

Seven Questions that Will Transform Your Life

Yes, that’s what I said – questions that will transform your life, and also your business and relationships. Why so confident, you ask? First, because I believe in the power of questions – well-framed questions – to elicit more impactful solutions and to heighten awareness. Second, because the brilliant philosopher […]

Lead Like Patton – NOT

General George Patton was in many ways an incredible leader and one who certainly had a significant impact on the outcome of World War II in Europe. While General Patton definitely utilized some leadership approaches worthy of modeling, some of his other tactics are not well suited for leadership today. […]

Owning Your 100%

I recently wrote a blog about the power and empowerment that comes with and from taking personal responsibility for everything in your life – 100% ownership over everything, all the time and in every situation. While I got several supportive comments on that post, I also received several challenges in […]