Giving Teeth to the Lion

Organizations without guiding values have lost control of their identity and future. Values guide during good times, anchor during tough times, and create stability during change. One of my leadership blunders was focusing… Continue reading

The 7 Pursuits of Successful Leaders

Neglect self-development at the cost of potential. Prioritize the acquisition of practical know-how in order to maximize impact. Wisdom is practical know-how, not theory. The 7 pursuits of successful leaders: Practical know-how. Meaningful contribution.… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: What Would You Do

Being a mentor is an ego building experience for immature leaders. What do you do, when a mentee asks, “What would you do?” Self-importance motivates mentors to prematurely spew “pearls of wisdom.” Rushing to… Continue reading

How to Create Dissatisfaction that Energizes

Most leaders are too quick to rush to solutions. Begin with the nightmare, not the dream. Dissatisfaction that energizes begins with an unacceptable present. The place beyond the hill isn’t worth the climb when… Continue reading

Breaking the Glum-Leader Syndrome

I’ve met some unhappy leaders. Perhaps they love position, power, prestige, or the paycheck. But, they drain energy from people and teams. Unhappy leaders lead unhappy teams. Do something else if leading makes you… Continue reading

5 Ways to Face the Challenges of Coaching Teammates

The challenge of coaching teammates is technical skill. You know how to do their job the “right” way, if you’ve been promoted up the ranks. Or, at least you think you know. Don’t explore… Continue reading