The Leader’s Learning Agenda

So often, the emphasis on improving at work is focused on doing the job more productively. After all, we normally get paid for our competence at our job, so doing it better has a lot of direct payoff. Not surprisingly, I have met very few people whose specific job title was “leader.” The job was [Read More]

Lessons about Learning to Lead

Greetings everyone. I was recently thinking about how difficult it really is to learn to become a more effective leader, and was reminded about a previous learning experience, that had many parallels. It was that ordeal of learning to drive a car with a stick shift. Many of you can no doubt relate. I remember [Read More]

A Profound Lesson About Change

I wanted to share one of the great lessons of all times, when it comes to getting ourselves or others to change the way we act. It is a two part lesson, so here we go. Lesson One: It is difficult if not impossible to change behavior without changing beliefs. Please think about this. If [Read More]

Prince to Pig

I first heard the term Prince to Pig several years ago, when I had the chance to be part of a conversation with Jack Welch, who at the time was the superstar CEO of GE. I recall a few of the other comments he made, but that expression stuck with me. It still pops up [Read More]

Knowing What You Want

Greetings and Happy New Year. Think for a moment about the following exchanges. “Where do you want to go for lunch?” “I don’t care, as long it is not Italian, as I had that last night.” Or … “Where do you want to go on vacation?” “Anywhere, as long as it is not too hot.” [Read More]

The Impact of Encouragement

For nearly thirty years, my work has been devoted to helping people become better at this thing called leadership. One of the major sources of my passion around this work comes from the research and writing of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Their names are very familiar in the field of leadership development as they [Read More]

Key Lessons about Change

As I write this, the woods behind my home are a breathtaking mix of yellows, greens and oranges, with a sprinkling of reds. It reminds me that change can indeed be a beautiful thing. However, within a couple of weeks, the trees will be bare, and my yard will be covered with a deep layer [Read More]

Accountability: The New Body Odor

  By Tom Heuer, the Richard A. Forsythe Chair Of Entrepreneurship, at Miami of Ohio University During my college days, I remember that hygiene often became an afterthought. Showering, washing clothes, having clean sheets and towels were not on the priority list. It just wasn’t that important to us. Rolling on the ban deodorant took [Read More]

The Power of Real Time Feedback

How important accurate feedback at the right time can be. I was recently hiking in the Daniel Boone Forest in Kentucky. The hike was a 5 mile loop, with the two trail heads about a quarter mile from each other. We decided to take the trailhead furthest to the right, which would circle us back [Read More]

Reflections From The 2015 Forum

On June 18 – 19, The Leadership Challenge Forum 2015 was held. The purpose of this annual event is to promote the growth and development of leaders in all aspects of life.  It is a remarkable continuing education experience for users and practitioners of The Leadership Challenge methodology, and for that matter, anyone interested in [Read More]