Phrases That Don’t Pay

PIn the marketing, branding and speaking world, we talk about the concept of creating phrases that pay – simple phrases that are so clear, rich and recognizable that they pay great dividends for the brands they are associated with. Here are a couple of examples of phrases that pay: Just […]

What’s the Secret?

Actually, it shouldn’t be a secret – it should be openly and regularly shared. It should be one of the most important things that’s shared, but the reality is often otherwise. The “it” is what you think about a team member and their performance, especially if that team member reports […]

Caring Over Courage

Leadership is not always easy. In fact, it often involves taking risks. One way to think about leadership is that it’s like walking into and through a fire. You can usually tell when you are leading because you feel the heat or sense the risk. If leadership was easy, everyone […]

The Nature of Impactful Teams

I regularly read a handful of blogs and daily newsletters, including the following: Seth Godin, Notes from the Universe, Ransomed Heart and Richard Rohr. I also have a spiritual practice that involves reading various daily devotionals on my YouVersion app. While I typically look to my YouVersion devotionals to fill […]

Trust Starts With You

Here’s a truth that I’ve learned in business and in life – it’s all about trust. Trust is the problem. Trust is the opportunity. Trust is the gap. Trust is the answer. No matter how you label your issues or challenges (e.g. communication, feedback, accountability, teamwork, etc.), it always comes […]

Most Powerful Words

During a recent personal retreat, I heard a speaker share several examples of powerful and empowering words – what he called the most powerful words– and over the past month I’ve added on to this list. Most important, I’ve started to realize that using these words with our team members […]

Lead Like a Parent

If you’re like many leaders, your first response to this title is this: “Exactly, I have to lead like a parent because my people act like children.” If that’s your response, think again … if your people are acting like children, then they’ve likely been made to feel like children […]

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 […]