Category Archive: Influence

How Two Conversations Changed A Life

You are who you are today, in large part, because of words you heard, not words you said. Unfocused: Mark entered college, like so many, unsure of what he wanted. He didn’t have… Continue reading

10 Things Young Leaders Need to Succeed

The Success of young leaders is the future of organizations. Old leaders, who cling to leadership, limit their legacy. Act like you’ll be gone next year. Rigor: Call for commitment. The image below… Continue reading

32 Things to say to Young Leaders

Why aren’t you asking for feedback? Tell me who you want to become in behavioral terms. Why do you matter? Tell me what you expect from yourself. Pursue clarity by asking more questions. Don’t let… Continue reading

10 Ways to Become the Leader Others Value

It’s not “just” business. The greatest “ship” in leadership is relationship. The priority of relationship came home to me in a follow-up call with Bob Buford. Bob was mentored by Peter Drucker. Their mentoring relationship turned… Continue reading

5 Neglected Behaviors that Make Dreams Happen

Organizations that ignore dreamers die. The two most dangerous people in organizations are dreamers who lack experience and dream-killers. Dream-killers roll their eyes and say, “They don’t know what it takes.” A young dreamer’s confidence is rooted in… Continue reading

How to Stop De-energizing the team

It takes a miracle to re-ignite a fire once you’ve hosed it down. Skillful leaders use words to energize and release. Foolish leaders rein in and control. Everyone has a fire inside. Leadership’s role is throwing… Continue reading