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 […]

A Plan to Turn Things Around Quickly – Starting This Instant

One irony/observation is that when things are going well, people aren’t as open to being great men and women and building great organizations or as likely to notice greatness in others as when things are tough… So what? How do you act on this insight? Stay focused on long-term decision making and help your clients do the […]

CARONAVIRUS Gratitude

When things are GREAT, we tend to forget about gratitude. When things are TOUGH, we tend to forget about gratitude. EXCELLENCE begins and ends with gratitude because gratitude is long-term thinking. You don’t get too high or too low… Long-term thinking affects every thought, action, and interaction, everyday. In the long-term, whether things are great […]

MEMORABLE JURY DUTY

MEMORABLE JURY DUTY For the first time last week I was chosen and served on a 6 person jury for a civil case. It reminded me how important it is to have principles to use to make decisions, because we ended-up convicting the defendant. BUILDING DECISIONS ON SAND Some of the jurors were making decisions […]

Leading a Double Life

There is a CRAVING for leaders with high integrity… I watched a clip from a movie called Margin Call (about the 2008 financial crisis, link to clip is in comments section below) and it’s a great example of duplicity. Duplicity is the opposite of integrity. Duplicity is believing you have integrity while doing the opposite. […]

CONSTRUCTION BUDGET FOR EXCELLENCE

Have you sat-down to do the planning and determine the costs? Before you start construction you need to figure-out if you have the resources to finish. 1. Are your priorities in the order needed to be on-purpose? In all domains of your life, not just business? 2. Are your relationships in the order needed to […]

Reverse Course! RESULTS Create Engagement

I worked with a successful healthcare client recently on using culture to enhance execution of strategy to optimize results. They had disagreement on 1. direction of the organization and 2. ownership – that had slowed the organization. What most leadership teams do is focus on thorny issues like these without first laying ground work to […]

WHO We Are = WHAT We’re Doing + WHY We’re Doing It

It’s interesting, most of us don’t know WHO we are. Who incorporates 2 questions – WHAT & WHY. What we’re doing or performance is what we call the ‘mind’. Why we’re doing it or why we’re here is what we call the ‘heart’. When we know who we are, we know our IDENTITY. Finally, if […]

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 […]

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, […]