What are the Problems a Leader Never Quite Solves?

In the 2nd Friday, What Works in Authentic Leadership, 40 minute, monthly workshop, I asked the group for their reaction to this question. Here’s their answers: – feeling you didn’t do everything you could– not making everyone happy– making yourself unnecessary for the long-term running of the business– teaching others effectively– raising your children– retaining […]

Authentic Leadership is Like Harnessing the Wind

I’m continually on the lookout for better ways to explain what authentic leadership does to avoid it being mistaken for something you’re already doing. I liken authentic leadership to harnessing the wind, arguably the most powerful force of nature. What do you think of the following explanation? You can’t see the wind… You don’t know […]

Most Everyone Lacks Clarity on What Their Best Self Is…

I spoke with a CEO of a global company in Asia last night that has invested in becoming a certified executive coach himself. He’s the first CEO I’ve met with coaching credentials… After our meeting, here’s what came to mind: 1. even someone invested in helping his team members become their best selves like this […]

Intro to Authentic Leadership

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Tolstoy A family of great character has a great culture and is happy. The same goes for organizations. There are myriad ways for organizations to lose their focus on character, which is their authentic selves and become unhappy. 2020 was […]

What Works in Authentic Leadership – Deep Foundation

Here’s what I think. The foundation that authentic leadership is built upon is, you guessed it, humility, but here’s where I mess it up. I tend to lightly check the box on humility. Then, give-in to my biology or instinct and launch myself into building my next success when I should be descending… Descending? Yep, […]

What Works in Authentic Leadership – Suffering

Suffering is something we tend to avoid like sucking on a lemon, but we’ve all experienced it’s value in school, sports, raising children, etc. What good can come from suffering? When we make a choice that involves suffering, we’re on the path to potentially reconciling the gap between our best self and the reality of […]

YOU ARE Michelangelo

After Michelangelo sculpted his masterpiece statue, DAVID, he was asked “how did you know to sculpt DAVID?” Michelangelo, very direct, said “DAVID was always there, in the marble. I just took away everything that wasn’t DAVID.” If you take the time to write-down what your best self is, that’s your DAVID. It’s the truth about […]

A Beautiful Life, Not Balance is What’s Realistic

After working with leaders for years, here’s what I know: few leaders are balanced. Why? In my experience, balance is hard to achieve because it’s unappealing to them. What’s appealing is a ‘beautiful life’… Picture this: a beautiful life is like a racing chariot barreling through time, reeling, but erect (G.K. Chesterton). Leading a beautiful […]

Here’s what I think – there’s always a gap between where we are as a person and where we want to be.

Here’s what I think. What do you think? Here’s what I think – there’s always a gap between where we are as a person and where we want to be. If you can define that gap, you can bridge it and achieve your best self. It’s the same with organizations. There’s 3 types of leaders […]

How Do You Minimize Phone Use?

I’m part of a men’s group focused on being better men. The discussion topics focus on ‘what works’ to be better. What are the topics? How to remove obstacles to being better spouses, parents, business colleagues, friends, community members, and spirit-filled people. Regardless of topic, the number one obstacle is our phones… Here is the […]

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