A Lesson From The Trails

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I recently returned from a week long getaway in New Mexico. Truly spectacular country! While there, I was able to do one of my favorite things, which is hiking. And the foothills and mountains of New Mexico are wonderful places to hike. Long ago, I was taught by a very sage and experienced hiker, that [Read More]

Reflections of The Leadership Challenge Forum 2014

After attending this year’s annual conference, I wanted to share some highlights and personal reflections about it. Research about and application of The Five Practices remains vibrant and growing. Here we go. 1. The focus on this year’s conference was related to the practice of Challenge The Process. Recognizing, confronting and overcoming adversity were clearly [Read More]

Vision Makes A Difference

Time after time, we have documented the benefit to organizations who have embraced The Leadership Challenge Methodology. We thought you might also appreciate the real impact it can have on individuals as well. Guest contributor Brent Carter is kind enough to share an amazing testimony that the program had on one of his colleagues. Vision [Read More]

The Potential/Performance Gap

Have you ever looked at someone in your organization and thought to yourself – “ if only she would ever live up to her potential.” You know from her moments of brilliance that she has so much to offer, but more often than not, her performance is fine, just not fabulous or even exceptional. Work [Read More]

Challenging Questions

One of the joys of leadership development work is that I get to hear a lot of really thought-provoking questions about the subject. They often do not have obvious answers, but they sure stimulate some deeper thinking. Following are a couple that come to mind, which will give you an idea of what I am [Read More]

The Irony of Accountability

Not long ago, I was working with a senior team, in a session being held at a country club.  Most golf clubs try very hard to provide a top-notch client experience, and this one was no different. Our past experiences there have always been terrific. Breakfast was scheduled for 8:00, and everyone was going to fill [Read More]

The Other Side Of Change

Change can be a pesky creature. One of my favorite sayings, attributed to Yogi Berra, is “the future ain’t what it used to be.” That pretty well sums up the truth about change. In fact, of all the words written about the topic, the one most accurate is likely “inevitable.” Not too long ago, I [Read More]

A Lesson from the Past

Many of you may recall hearing about the famous one-word mantra, popular at IBM years ago. Having read several renditions of this story, it seems this single word statement was started by former CEO Thomas Watson, and served as a beacon of guidance and leadership for all. Apparently when things did not go as planned, [Read More]

Entitled or Engaged

A few weeks ago, author Jim Kouzes (The Leadership Challenge) was in Cincinnati, talking about the ties between effective leadership and higher levels of employee engagement.  An interesting question was posed by one of the attendees. He asked, something to the effect, if levels of engagement might be different in those who have a strong [Read More]

No Shortcut to Success

Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, spoke to an enthusiastic audience in Cincinnati, a couple of weeks back. During his talk, he posed a question, which really got people thinking. He asked how many in the group either were – or knew of someone who was – a very good, even exceptional  athlete or musician [Read More]