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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Ordinary or Extraordinary – No Decision

The following was provided by guest contributor, Tom Heuer, the Richard A. Forsythe Chair Of Entrepreneurship, at Miami of Ohio University. Think about the message. It may forever change the way you do things going forward. Ordinary – a word everyone disdains, but a condition most people accept. Crazy – maybe. Recently, I had invited a student [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]

One Thing That Never Changes – And Needs To

If you remember, fifteen years ago about this time, we were on the verge of worldwide catastrophe. Troops were not on the march, nor were missile silos being readied. No, the world was about to end, when the calendar changed to the year 2000. Because the date program in computers had been programed for only [Read More]