EXCELLENCE, NOT PERFECTION

EVERYONE has what they need to achieve excellence. Both life circumstances that help or hinder can accelerate achievement of excellence if you choose. What that means is just because someone is CEO of a company with abundant resources doesn’t mean it helps them achieve excellence. To achieve excellence, you clearly connect your identity to your […]

HOW TO BUILD CHARACTER (you’re not born with it)

How to Build Character (you’re not born with it) How do you react when something not only doesn’t go your way, it makes no sense or seems unjust or unbelievable to you? Several of my kids have experienced disappointments recently – one in college and one in boy scouts. As a parent I hurt for […]

YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE?

I read an article on Linked-In claiming leadership classes DON’T WORK. Here’s my take – leadership tips and tricks learned through coaching, competency training, and experience DO WORK AFTER you work on the foundation of leadership – your character. Most feel they’re a leader based on their work product and they’re wrong – that’s quadrant […]

Upside Down Humility

Humility is one of two leadership virtues. http://www.cimastrategic.com/the-vocation-of-the-business-leader-topic-leadership-mastery/ Practicing humility is easy until there’s a risk of 1. money, 2. reputation, 3. power, 4. spending time we don’t think we have or 5. doing something we don’t want to do. When one of these triggers our pride, which happens on a daily basis, humility goes out […]

Do You Have a Hand Print on Your Back?

One of my boys is close to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He needs exactly 1 requirement for 1 last merit badge and completion of his eagle project. It’s taken many years to get to this point and lately he’s been finding ways to delay. Finally, I asked him to make a completion schedule […]

ENGAGEMENT DOESN’T IMPROVE RESULTS, RESULTS IMPROVE ENGAGEMENT

Have you ever been on a family road trip with children where you had to correct one of them and they reacted with – ‘well, Johnny did it too and THEY didn’t get in trouble’. Many organizations are on the ‘improving engagement bandwagon’ to improve results and if you ask them why, they react with […]

Improving Engagement and Smoked Salmon

My 16 year-old son smoked his first salmon recently and it could have happened several years ago. The problem was me… Why? I didn’t think he was capable and I felt I had to do it. The lesson is others can usually do more than you think if given the opportunity. I could’ve been raising […]

Your Obstacle to Excellence

As revealed in last week’s post, the biggest obstacle you and your organization faces to reaching the upper right quadrant either individually or organizationally is when your perceived WHO is out of sync with your real WHO. Here’s an example – Winston, the CEO, creates a new policy and everybody must follow the policy. But, […]

Low Strategy, Low Culture

LOW STRATEGY, LOW CULTURE Can a company start in the lower left quadrant? No. But companies can fall there and disappear. If you’re in the upper left quadrant (low strategy, high culture) or lower right (high strategy, low culture), your organization is exposed to unnecessary risk. You’re just a step away from low strategy, low […]

Business Leadership Excellence 2×2

This is the Business Leadership Excellence 2×2. If we take the mind, which is the WHAT on the x-axis and the heart, which is the WHY on the y-axis, we’re able to create a quad chart. We want to get to the upper right quadrant which is high mind – we know WHAT we’re doing […]