Live Your Values

Unless you have been living in a galaxy far, far away, you no doubt heard about and formed an opinion of the recent United Airlines situation, where they hauled a seated passenger off the plane, and as a result, left both him and their company reputation injured. Everyone, including the financial markets had their say [Read More]

A Question About Honesty

I have a question for you. I have posed it to many and it has prompted some interesting discussion and hopefully thoughtful reflection. First a little background. In my thirty years of work with authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner (The Leadership Challenge, and others), we have researched attributes people say they most admire in [Read More]

The Email Complacency Quandary

Complacency is a growth threatening virus in most organizations. The warm and safe comfort zone, can lure people into becoming stagnant, and unaware that they have fallen prey to this seductive condition. One of the biggest causes for complacency is that necessary evil called email. Think about it. For too many people, there is an [Read More]

Moving Forward into a New Year

Happy New Year! Whether you’re coming off a great year or one you’d rather forget, the New Year is here.  Time to celebrate!  By now you’ve completed your plan, set your goals and built your budget.  But wait, don’t make the mistake of jumping right into the stress of the new year without a proper [Read More]

Election Aftermath

Pondering the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential election reminded me of something very important.  Different values are not the same as wrong values. I am hopeful that you will take some time and deeply reflect on this. Our values are very personal. They help us make difficult decisions and enable us to discern good from [Read More]

The System is Rigged

When Presidential candidate Donald Trump starting harping that “the system is rigged,” it dawned on me how insightful this statement was. To be clear, I am by no means agreeing with his implications of corruption in the voting or electoral systems. No, I am referring to a much more encompassing system surrounding the 2016 election. [Read More]

Lessons From Chance Encounters

I had two interesting encounters last week that reminded me of a couple important lessons for leaders. Encounter one found me finishing up the paperwork for mailing a package at a UPS store. A woman came in and apparently was hoping to mail a rather large box while using her husband’s company account number. After [Read More]

Leadership on the River

What do plastic bottles, tires and rims, Styrofoam and used hypodermic needles all have in common? The answer is, these are all things you find in varying quantities when you volunteer to pick up trash along the riverbanks. And you would be amazed by how much other stuff there is. I recently hitched up with [Read More]

Reflections From Forum 2016

Years ago I bought a piano. I always wanted to play the piano. After a few short weeks, I came to the conclusion I had made a financial blunder in buying it. I still very much wanted to play the piano, but I discovered that I did not want to learn to play the piano! [Read More]

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]