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Lead and Inspire: Leading ourselves and others.

Is it the “leader” or the culture?

Is it the “leader” or the culture?

“As Peter Drucker, management guru, is attributed with saying, ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast.’” Thinking about the future of organizations, many of us tend to think about succession as a key planning point. We are inclined to think about the leader—who’s going to be? Seldom can we hear leaders giving much needed attention to culture… Continue Reading

A Better Tribute: Expressing Their Leadership Character

A Better Tribute: Expressing Their Leadership Character

“I prefer that this Memorial Day tribute would last all year long, and not be a tribute of social media postings. I would like a tribute of action and conduct—all year long.” Today, many of us pause to think about sacrifice. We think about our nation’s Veterans (and their families) who gave everything they had,… Continue Reading

Collaboration? Easier said than done!

Collaboration? Easier said than done!

“Even high-performing teams can fail to collaborate because team members may end up having different interpretations about the principal task to be accomplished.” “Collaboration? Easier said than done,” answered the young leader when prompted about the status of his project and the perceived lack of cooperation among his team members. Leaders, at all levels, naturally… Continue Reading

What Chewbacca Mom & Others Reminded Us…Again!

What Chewbacca Mom & Others Reminded Us…Again!

“Today’s leadership reality is that what happens in one part of the world does not stay there; we’re inextricably connected.” The examples below keep reminding me about the great world we live in. It’s interconnected, fast, and its cycle of complexity exponentially increases from the event’s trigger point to the time an organization (or leader)… Continue Reading

Culture or Climate: Where Do I Start?

Culture or Climate: Where Do I Start?

“The mistake that distorts aiming and clouds leadership action is that many leaders confuse climate with culture.” A few weeks ago a good friend and leader highlighted to me some good points about his problems with addressing culture in his firm. First, he noted the difficulty in changing the attitudes and behaviors of power groups,… Continue Reading

Excellence as Virtue or Liability?

Excellence as Virtue or Liability?

“We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do.” ~Aristotle I’ve been giving a lot of thought these days to this thing we call excellence. We use it so much in daily conversation that we can begin to… Continue Reading

“Sorry, but I don’t make new year resolutions…” (Part 2)

“Sorry, but I don’t make new year resolutions…” (Part 2)

Welcome friends and family! As promised, here’s the 2nd part to making New Year “revolutions.” As we conversed yesterday, we will steer away from resolutions and build a revolution, a real transformation. This is the mindset that puts in motion the creation of a new state–as some people like to put it: it’s your power… Continue Reading

“Sorry, but I don’t make new year resolutions…” (Part 1)

“Sorry, but I don’t make new year resolutions…” (Part 1)

Happy New Year! Now what, right?! I wrote the original piece of this post in December of 2011, but as I was reviewing it, I found this thought powerfully relevant today in 2016/7. As you sip through a cup of coffee this morning, I hope this message touches your heart, helping you achieve, not a… Continue Reading

The Things We Do!

The Things We Do!

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” ~Elon Musk This past Friday, our team hosted a Holiday season celebration. Judging from the smiles, the “let loose” attitudes, and the laughter, I can say, we had a great time—success! And we needed it. Our team has… Continue Reading

Never reveal everything = collaboration?

Never reveal everything = collaboration?

“We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” ~Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin’s quote above at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, his response to John Hancock’s statement that the revolutionaries should be unanimous in their action, [1] is telling about how the prospect of success or failure hinges… Continue Reading