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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

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

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

Every Other Effort Will Be Futile

Every Other Effort Will Be Futile

“Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.” ~Jacques Derrida Whenever I think about the places where I had a great time, where our people thrived, and where we were able to do the impossible, I begin to ask myself what was so different in these workplaces compared… Continue Reading

Humility revisited…

Humility revisited…

“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.” ~Henri Frederic Amiel Several weeks ago, in response to the below featured article, a reader sent me a note. He asked me some very intelligent questions. As I pondered the answer to the questions, I found them very revealing, and for this week, I… Continue Reading

“Tell me, who’s the most important of them all?”

“Tell me, who’s the most important of them all?”

Several weeks ago, I arrived early for a meeting—I have to admit, this was not by design—and observed what I thought was an intriguing and thought-provoking moment. Our protocol staff was working diligently to ensure all etiquette procedures were observed. High-ranking individuals, for example, were going to be seated towards the head of the table,… Continue Reading

Everyone a leader…but not without this!

Everyone a leader…but not without this!

I have spent many days and weeks submerged in the thoughts of great minds like Robert Greenleaf, C.S. Lewis, Hermann Hesse, Martin Luther King, Stephen Covey, the Apostles, and good friends who have shared thoughts with me about different things. Lots of thinking lately. We’ve exchanged many thoughts and perspectives; it would be nearly impossible… Continue Reading

Follower? Yes, I want to be one!

Follower? Yes, I want to be one!

“[E]very time we attribute everything to ‘Leadership,’ we’re no different from people in the 1500s.” –Jim Collins, Good to Great All of this study about the theories of leadership makes me believe we may have gone too far. In the world today, we begin to move far out of line when we begin to describe… Continue Reading