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 […]

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, […]

DON’T PEE IN THE POOL

One of our summertime rituals is our kids’ participation with the neighborhood swim team – practice every morning and swim meets on Thursday nights… The title of a recent Seth Godin post reminded me of something we’ve all learned when swimming, and it applies to our lives, DON’T PEE IN THE POOL. What I mean […]

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 […]

Would You Raise Your Hand?

Imagine a room full of people that know you from different facets of your life – as a husband/wife, father/mother, friend, business colleague, community member, and person of faith. If I asked this room full of people to raise their hands if they thought you are excellent in the facet(s) they know you, how many […]

Keep it Simple to Optimize Results

Last night at the dinner table one of my children made a negative comment towards their sibling. On another occasion, I gave an instruction to one of my children undermining what my wife had instructed them to do earlier. It’s not any different in organizations. Last week while working with a client, one senior leader […]

Get a Life. Do You Have One?

Get a Life. Do You Have One? My colleague, Alan Weiss wrote recently on allowing the trivial many things in our lives to get in the way of the vital ‘one thing’ we should be doing or our purpose. Our life is our purpose. Everything we do, including how we do it (attitude) should help […]

Why Leadership is For The Many, Not Few?

Even if you flip burgers in a restaurant, you can be a leader… Who REALLY believes that? I didn’t , but I do now.   Why? LEADERSHIP IS MORE THAN THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR WORK – flipping burgers, being a CEO or even a shift manager. Leadership is 1. connecting your work with your purpose, […]

What Does ‘Nice’ Mean, Anyway?

HOW TO BECOME A GREAT CONVERSATIONALIST My sons take Latin at school and in a recent conversation, I learned from them that the meaning of the word ‘nice’ in Latin means ‘nothing’. So what? Here’s the point – what do most people do? Use ‘nice’ as a polite/likable way to fill the silence – when […]