Words are Powerful

Plenipotentiary – someone who has full power to take action on a goal. Start with being one for yourself. What is that goal with a 100x return on investment that’s been on your list for as long as you can remember? Put a deadline on it and work backwards with action items that help you […]

Influence

Most of us have learned ‘tips and tricks’ to influence others instead of changing who we are. Here are steps. First, other people are attracted to joy. Who wants to be around people who are serious all the time? Second, after food & water, people crave respect. Respect is energizing to both parties. Third, only […]

Can You Burpee More Than a 12 Year-Old?

I just turned 50 and in my mind I’m as fit as anyone walking around town. When I’m pressed for time and I can only do a short workout, I’ll shoot for 200 burpees, 20 per set, every 2 minutes for 20 minutes. I usually make it to +/- 185 because I simply run out […]

How to Make Goals Inevitable

If you don’t have your team’s hearts or minds you won’t achieve results. (Sears?) If you only have their hearts, you will achieve reckless results, which is unpredictable. (RadioShack?) If you only have their minds, you will achieve spiritless results, which means you get the minimum from your team. (N. Korea?) If you have both […]

This Has Nothing to do with Construction. It’s Business.

Participating in “Improving Capital Projects Symposium” in Denver. A fantastic group of like-minded Owners, Architects and Contractors. The take away from Day 1 is collaborative behavior has to be taught to become part of the culture and then the behavior has to be fed and watered on a regular schedule to sustain and grow it. […]

Bad Help

What is bad help? Bad help is 1. supporting change and 2. not wanting to start with ourselves. In other words, our lips say ‘yes’ and our actions say ‘no’. We all do it without realizing during times of conflict. I was at a Seek Change event last week and one of the small groups […]

Falling Down as a Leader

Falling Down as a Leader… The quickest way to pick yourself up off the floor when things aren’t going your way is to be grateful. THINKING of something to be grateful for is one thing, ACTING grateful is another. How do you practice the HABIT of gratitude? GO HELP SOMEBODY! The habit of gratitude builds […]

Your Virtue, The Greatest of Treasures

Your virtue, which is how you are characterized (prudent, courageous, having self-control, just…) is worth more than anything in the world. It is the greatest of treasures. It is WHO you are. It impacts HOW you do WHAT YOU DO. It impacts those around you. It is cumulative. It is the artifact you leave behind […]

Leadership Deficit Disorder

In my experience working with CEO’s, the 2 biggest issues are ‘overwhelm’(doing too many things for too many people) and succession. Why? I like to call it Leadership Deficit Disorder (LDD) – 90% of companies can’t exploit all of their business opportunities because they don’t have enough leaders with the right skills. This results in […]

‘How’ you produce results is more important than the results

‘How’ you produce results is more important than the results in the long-run… IF you are interested in leadership (people), otherwise you’re a manager (of things). In other words, people are more important than things. We tend to have a ‘disconnect’ between the ‘how’ and results and therefore things tend to be given more importance […]