Five Keys for Great Meetings, Part 2: Agenda

FAs we confirmed in last week’s blog, most meetings suck—and yet I was suggesting that we need moremeetings. The reason for my seemingly insane suggestion is simple: the answer is not fewer meetings, but bettermeetings, and better meetings require different thinking. Enter the five keys for more engaging, meaningful, effective and impactful […]

Five Keys for Great Meetings (Time)

Most meetings suck … and you need more meetings! Are you insane, Jeff? If our meetings suck, then why do we need more meetings? Simple – because the answer is not fewer meetings, but bettermeetings. But if you want to have better meetings, you need to know how to plan, lead […]

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 […]

Curiosity and Synchronicity

I am naturally curious, and I believe in synchronicity. Recently, I had another confirming experience of the powerful combination of these two forces. I was in Raleigh, NC, and I had scheduled to have drinks with my dear friend Darlene Goldbach. It had recently snowed in Raleigh, and the temperatures […]

Three Shifts in Leadership

Yesterday, I spoke for a group of association leaders on the topic of snow globe leadership, and I want to share with you the core of this message. The most common question I get is why snow globes, and the answer is simple: snow globes are one of the most […]

Now Is the Time for Feedback

Hopefully, we all know the value of feedback – whether we’re gifting others with honest feedback or receiving it ourselves. The trouble with feedback is not a failure to see its value, but a failure to express that value through our actions—for example, failing to care enough to make time […]

Where Are You?

As I was riding to the airport last Friday morning, my Uber driver received a phone call and I saw the displayed name of the caller: MOM. It reminded me that that name no longer pops up on my phone – not since Mom passed away in January. Rather than […]

In Search of Wisdom

Do you ever think about wisdom? The idea recently leapt into my consciousness, and I realized that it’s not a concept that I (or anyone else) seem to think much about. What struck me is that wisdom is such an essential part of leadership, yet we rarely think of it […]

What If We’re Not That Far?

This past week I had a driving experience that’s not that rare – another driver vigorously flipped me off. Rather than be provoked, I smiled and waved. Apparently, he didn’t like that response. As I pulled away, he sped up, pulled up beside me, lowered his window and began screaming […]

Leaders Storyize

If you’re confused by the new word in the title (storyize), there’s a reason – I made it up. Actually, it turns out that others have used this word, but it popped into my mind during a recent training session when we were talking about the importance of stories in […]