What Everyone is NOT Saying

Last week I was in a meeting that I felt went really well. At the end, I asked the 15 team members to write down, on a sticky note, ‘what’s on your mind?’ It uncovered several helpful nuggets that will significantly increase the value of our next meeting. Several people were concerned about, and named, […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

The Vocation of the Business Leader, Topic: Leadership Mastery

The two most powerful words in leadership are: the virtues of magnanimity and humility. Master them. Learning to use them results in living your vocation authoritatively and avoid being authoritarian… What is a vocation? Everyone has a vocation. A vocation is a call to live, think and act in a certain way. It is a […]

Your life: are you moving in the right direction?

1. Only do things that take you towards your ‘WHY’ and mission. Read them frequently. 2. Your answer to ‘WHY’ you do what you do should be how you serve others. It has nothing to do with money, power or reputation. What is your ‘BIG WHY’? Without it your life is devoid of purpose. 3. […]

Collaboration Paradox: Accountability is Freedom

Capturing our culture or ‘how’ we work together on paper and measuring it increases our accountability to each other and our freedom. The result is more freedom to communicate/collaborate, increase our responsibility/innovate and be everything we want to be in our work family and home family.