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 […]

Change Is Not a Level Playing Field

There are two deep and consistent truths about change. First, change is inevitable – the only question is whether you create change or are the victim of change. Second, very few people enjoy and look forward to change. Thus, we have an inherent conflict between these two truths – it’s […]

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 […]

Leaders Are Honest About Their People

One of Jack Nicholson’s most famous movie lines (he has many) is “You can’t handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men, and it’s often true for all of us, especially as leaders. This past year, I’ve been sharing this uncomfortable truth, which has been disrupting leaders across the world […]

The Business of Life

I recently wrote a blog about the difference between making a living and making a life, in which I encouraged people to focus on making a life (which includes making a living) rather than merely focusing on making a living. From this you might wrongly surmise that I see business […]

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 […]

Shifts for 2018

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about shifting gears in your life and leadership, and I asked you this question: Are you at a shift point? I wrote about the importance of shifting from one gear to another and the feeling that I get (and I’m sure […]

Are You Clear?

Over the past couple of years, it has become more and more clear that clarity (pun intended) plays a vital role in the achievement (or non-achievement) of my goals and objectives. If I’m not clear what I specifically want to achieve, then my odds of achieving them are significantly reduced. […]

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 New Muscle

Earlier this week I was driving to the airport to drop off my rental car and catch my flight back to Ohio. As I was driving, it struck me that it didn’t feel like I was out of town or anything different than driving to a meeting in Cleveland (other […]