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]

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]

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 Value of Commitment

One of the lessons I have learned from high performing people and teams is that Commitment trumps Conditions. People who are truly devoted to achieving something seem to find a way to success, regardless of the obstacle-filled circumstances popping up in front of them. However simple compliance seldom, if ever, wins the day over tough [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]

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]

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]

A Lesson in Caring

Last month, a childhood friend passed away. The announcement of his passing was not totally unexpected, as he had defied those odds for years. For you see, a diving accident when he was a 15 year old star athlete had left him a quadriplegic. He remained wheelchair bound the remaining 45 years of his life. [Read More]