The Leadership 2.0 Loop

When we were children, we accepted what adults said as true until about age 8. Then, we started asking a powerful question – WHY? The answer to WHY is the process or science behind what we believe. For example, when someone asks us what we believe leadership is, everyone has an answer, but what’s behind […]

How to Cutoff an Overly Controlling Talker

Do you know how to cutoff a colleague, client or family member that’s an overly controlling talker? You know, the one that can suck all the oxygen out of the room? One of two things usually happens in organizations and families: 1. Someone insults the overly controlling talker to interrupt them and embarrasses everyone in […]

Are You a Significant Role Model?

At many elementary schools nowadays, the staff pair older students with younger students to strengthen the support system for the younger students and spark the older students’ motivation to build their own character and be a role model. What do most organizations do? They create mentoring programs that start off well, but soon fizzle. Why? […]

Unconventional Team Member Recognition

Do all your family members have the same capacity to give or be of help? For example, my 9 year old daughter doesn’t have the same financial capacity as my father, so when she offers to pay for lunch if I take her out, it makes a bigger impression on me than if my father […]

Act Unusually: 2 Keys to Operate Out of Hope

One of my children shared they made a disappointing grade on a recent exam. What’s the usual reaction of a parent? While at the airport last week, I sat next to a technology salesperson on their phone explaining to their boss they weren’t going to hit their sales goal. What’s the usual reaction of a […]

Minimum vs. Maximum Standard

What can happen as you deal with issues this week is falling prey to the ‘tyranny of the minimum standard’. For example, one of my sons did less than the minimum in regards to one of his chores – cleaning the wood floors in our house. I didn’t let the conversation go where it could […]

Skill with Questions – Using Conciliatory Questions

Most of us struggle with talking about sensitive subjects successfully. For example, what do you do if you have a leader that creates a new policy that everyone must follow and the leader is the worst offender? What kind of question can you use to help solve the problem? Use a conciliatory question. This type […]

URGENCY is Excellence in Every THOUGHT, ACTION & INTERACTION

Our family does yard work and our 5 children participate. For example, our 13 and 16 year-old boys mow the lawn. Recently, one child complained that I made their job of weeding a flower bed more difficult. I had spaded the bed to loosen the dirt to make the weeding easier. This child complained that […]

Cram a Gallon of Meeting into a Quart of Time

Sometimes you have a lot to do in a short meeting time. One tactic I used recently was what I call a ‘Quick Start’. I asked 15 meeting participants to prepare their answers to 8 key questions that needed solutions to move the business forward in the next 3 months. The obstacle was, we only […]

A Significant Leader Does WHAT They Do Because of WHO They Are

A Significant Leader Does WHAT They Do Because of WHO They Are You can’t achieve your purpose, in other words, your optimal results, without knowing WHO you are first. It’s interesting, most of us don’t know WHO we are. WHO incorporates 2 questions – WHAT & WHY. WHAT we’re doing or performance, is what I […]