A Little Help Please

When I was growing up, a common phrase we used when playing ball games was “a little help please.” The ball went into the street, across the road or into the neighbor’s yard and we called out “a little help please.” Funny – we didn’t hesitate to ask for help […]

The Target Is Not Optional

Over the past six months, I’ve been sharing a leadership truth with my audiences – an arrow of truth that is not easy to hear, but it IS a leadership reality. Whenever you choose to lead, whether in taking on a leadership role, accepting a leadership assignment or taking action […]

Leaders Are Safe

In Simon Sinek’s second book, Leaders Eat Last (Portfolio 2014), he offers this important perspective: “Leadership is about making people feel safe. When someone feels heard, they feel safe.” Carrying this concept to its logical conclusion, it’s also true that when someone does not feel heard, then they do not […]

How Do You Measure a Year?

If you’re a Broadway fan, you likely recognize this question from the opening song (“Seasons of Love”) in the musical Rent (listen in to hear the entire song). Rent is one of my favorite Broadway musicals for two primary reasons – it’s a love story, and it invites us to […]

Stop Being Sorry

There are a number of words and phrases that get a reaction from me, and one of them is one that we all say (or hear) all the time: “I’m sorry.” I’m sorry I’m late. I’m sorry I didn’t get this done on time. I’m sorry I lost my temper. […]

Letting Go of “Leadership”

This week I had the opportunity to experience a leadership workshop facilitated by Scott Alexander, an author, speaker and coach from Maryland. I had previously spoken to Scott on the phone (and read his book, Lead Like a Black Belt), but this was my first experience with Scott in person. […]

The Essence of Leadership I

Last week I wrote about the leadership gap (misalignment and lack of integrity), as well as what leadership is not (leadership versus management). I also made the bold assertion that leadership is the solution for “what’s broken in business, in communities, in families, and in the rest of the world.” […]

The Leadership Gap

As I look around the world (in businesses, in teams, in communities, in families, and in relationships), I see an urgent need for leadership—or at least for a new type of leadership. With all the challenges we’re facing in our world, I’m firmly committed to leadership as the solution. When […]

Born Leaders or Not?

There are so many topics upon which we debate, including the following: Chocolate vs. Vanilla Pepsi vs. Coke Tastes great vs. Less Filling (Miller Lite) Batman vs. Superman Star Wars vs. Star Trek Seinfeld vs. Friends Creation vs. Evolution The list goes on and on, but what about the “big” […]

What’s the Big Secret?

  In most organizations, the norm is to withhold information (especially financial information) from the team members, or to at least limit what information is shared with team members. I’ve heard many reasons for this withholding, but what message do we send when we choose not to let team members […]