December Reflections

December is one of the most interesting months of the year. For one, it seems to fly by (especially compared to February), because of all the holiday activity, and the anticipation of some family time and an extra day or two away from work. The fact that there always seems to be an extra cookie [Read More]

The Struggle with Values

My oh my, there sure are a lot of leadership issues in the news these days. As I write this, the NFL players/national anthem controversy is still in full swing. I could write about a number of things related to that! For example, the NFL seems to enforce a number of standards, from what can be [Read More]

The Power of Choice

On one recent, rather untypical Monday afternoon, people across the country looked up at the sky and were mesmerized by that cosmic event called the solar eclipse. By all accounts, those who witnessed totality were totally awed by what they experienced. You just did not hear or see anyone using descriptions like OK or no [Read More]

Culture: First Things First

The comments this month are generously provided by guest contributor Amanda Nelson. If you run in the same types of circles that I do, you can’t go an hour without thinking about, hearing about or being asked about culture. Everyone is talking about what programs they are implementing, how they are redesigning their organization structure, [Read More]

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]

Leader Resoluions

Since it is that time for resolutions, I thought I would give you a hand on someof your leadership aspirations going forward. Following is a solid list of some of the things that effective leaders intentionally focus on (along with some brief descriptions of each). You may have a few of your own favorites to [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]