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 […]

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 […]

Leadership Deficit Disorder

In my experience working with CEO’s, the 2 biggest issues are ‘overwhelm’(doing too many things for too many people) and succession. Why? I like to call it Leadership Deficit Disorder (LDD) – 90% of companies can’t exploit all of their business opportunities because they don’t have enough leaders with the right skills. This results in […]

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. […]

Overwhelmed? – Make Sincerity and Simplicity Standard Practice

What I notice working with leaders, especially the last few years is most are overwhelmed. Minimize overwhelm by making sincerely and simplicity standard practice in your organization. Sincerity is expressed in words. Simplicity is expressed in actions. Sincerity is telling the unvarnished truth about your thoughts and feelings in an understanding way – in other […]

What if Culture and Strategy Shared Lunch?

If you asked CEOs – would you prefer winning minds to produce results or hearts AND minds to produce results, they would choose the latter. All organizations have a strategy that’s intended to win minds and a culture that’s intended to win hearts, but they’re usually not caught on paper and implemented together and measured. […]

Is MAGNANIMITY in your vocabulary? For your sake, I hope so…

This is a long lost word in our culture’s vocabulary that I hope to resurrect in as many lives as possible. It has nothing to do with molten rock that originates under the earth’s surface as you might intuit at first glance… What it is Magnanimity is a virtue or a habit. You practice virtues […]

Standing Out From the Crowd

CollaboraACTION is collaborating in word and deed on the work at hand in the best interests of the people involved even at short term risk of your money, power or reputation. What is insipid collaboration? Wishy-washy or common-place. For example, I recently had a plumber tell me he wanted nothing to do with solving a […]