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 […]

LESSON LEARNED THE HARD WAY

I know a business leader who was asked if he knew what was wrong with his organization and he gave a startling reply: ‘I am’. It’s easier to influence others to work on themselves when you share the work you’ve done on yourself first, rather than being a hypocrite. I think we can all agree, […]

QUICK HIT on how to BUILD COMMUNITY and AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP

Obstacle: As a leader, admit the fact that you’re naturally more interested in goals than developing people. Action: Instead of delegating a role/task because you don’t have time to do it (to achieve your goals), delegate it because you want to develop people. I, myself, my wife, children and colleagues can feel the difference. The […]

VIRTUOUS LEADERSHIP

Today, great men and women building great organizations should not only be experts in business, but also experts in applying ancient wisdom to business leadership (through the study and practice of virtue to build character to exercise leadership). Why? What has been laid bare the last few months is one of the fundamentals of business […]