A Christmas Ornament for Character

When I think of Christmas ornaments, I think of a tree adorned with ornaments. The tree is improved. When I think of virtues, I think of high integrity or character adorned with virtues (prudence, courage, temperance, justice, etc…). Your integrity or character is improved. Virtues are habits you practice to improve your integrity or character. […]

Leading a Double Life

There is a CRAVING for leaders with high integrity… I watched a clip from a movie called Margin Call (about the 2008 financial crisis, link to clip is in comments section below) and it’s a great example of duplicity. Duplicity is the opposite of integrity. Duplicity is believing you have integrity while doing the opposite. […]

What it Looks Like to Achieve Integrity

The best leaders have the most integrity. Integrity attracts others. What does it look like to achieve integrity? You’re the same person in every domain of your life, especially when things are not going well. What’s the result? The result of integrity is consistency, credibility, and referability. Do you live your life as if the […]

THE BEST LEADERS HAVE THE MOST INTEGRITY

The best leaders have the most integrity. Integrity attracts others. For example, you tend to listen more to those that have more integrity and less to those with less integrity. What is integrity? Clearly connecting your identity and your work. How? You make your identity visible (purpose, principles, etc…) and measurable like your work. What […]

Mustard Seed Moments

Have you ever seen a mustard seed? You can buy them in the spice section of a grocery store and they’re about the size of a pinhead. If you were to plant one, it would grow to the size of a bush as large as a tree – tall enough for birds to make their […]

The Biggest Obstacle to Integrity

The biggest obstacle to integrity is when your perception of who you are or character is out-of-sync with who you really are. In other words, how you show-up to others. Here’s an example – Winston, the CEO creates a new policy and everyone must follow the policy. But, Winston’s the worst violator! He’s out-of-sync and doesn’t […]

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 […]