If Leaders Aren’t Born, How Do You Build Them?

I see a lot of leaders this year searching because they’ve never been shown how to build what’s most important – community & authentic leadership. Their leadership is built on the ground without a foundation. This year’s storms have shaken them and what they thought was leadership has collapsed. To build powerful and effective leaders, […]

Important Details – Why Falling Forward Matters

Why does ‘falling forward’ matter? It matters because you were born for a reason and you were born to be great and form greatness in others. Even when you fail, you must ‘fall forward’ (be introspective, learn and apply it), towards what you were born to BE and DO. Otherwise, you’ll never make it to […]

It’s Always the Right Time for Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership is always good, true and attractive. There is no authenticity without the habit of virtue. There is no authentic leadership without character. There is no character without exercising virtue. Studies support that many employees would forego a raise to have an authentic leader for a boss… Can’t you do both? The link to […]

WOW, Viktor Frankl Unplugged

‘We behave like saints or we surrender like swine…’ This is powerful coming from a holocaust survivor, world-famous psychologist, and author of ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’. My take on this quote boils-down to decision making. Even if you’re not clear on your purpose, making decisions with humility (like a saint) instead of pride, vanity or […]

Authentic Leadership isn’t Right or Wrong, it’s Big or Small

Over the weekend, I was volunteering with someone I disagreed with about reopening schools this fall. The only result was clarity that we had different positions… We both missed an opportunity to think BIGGER and make a connection. Try this on for size. Next time you disagree with someone, a family member, friend or business […]

Character Embraces Accountability

Think of a person with character, like Herb Kelleher, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Walt Disney or Roberto Clemente. If they worked for you, how much time would you likely spend keeping them accountable for doing their work and achieving their goals? The answer is ‘not much time’. It’s the reason character is important to […]

Whack-A-Mole Management

The phrase whack-a-mole denotes a repetitious and futile task: each time a task is finished or a problem is dealt with, yet another task/problem appears elsewhere. A classic example? Keeping others accountable. Many leaders struggle with establishing accountability because they lapse into ‘managing accountability as a thing’ instead of ‘forming accountable people’ through character building […]

Your 1/40th of the Solution

Flying back from Denver yesterday, I sat next to a college baseball coach who asked me what I did and remarked – ‘we do the same thing, but CEOs are harder’. Before deplaning, I asked to use his ‘1/40th of the solution’ idea from our chat. It builds community, authentic leadership, and accountability. Here’s what […]

One Throat to Choke, One Hand to Shake

One throat to choke is an expression used in business to describe the advantage of one person being responsible for attaining a goal. That way, when something goes wrong, there is only “one throat to choke.” While the language is sacrastic it contains wisdom. When there is one person accountable for a goal, expectations are set, […]

Everyone Wants to Change the World…

How much time do we spend DAILY changing ourselves for the better so that we can change the world for the better? The hardest thing to do is change ourselves. An example of changing ourselves is paying attention to the connection (or lack thereof) we have with others – to interact with them successfully… How […]

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