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 […]

An Alternative to Absurd Racism Statements

Why do organizations feel they must make a statement on racism? Why do individuals feel they must pressure organizations to make statements on racism? Do these statements simplify or complicate your business? What is the evidence of a net result of these statements in the long-run? Following statements , rules, and laws are the minimum […]

Top 3 New Habits From the Last 2 Months to Make Permanent

I’ve spoken with dozens of business leaders over the last few months and these are the top 3 new habits that they’re making permanent in their lives.  What would be the results of making these 3 new habits permanent? 1. Eating dinner together more times each week as a family.  2. Praying more times and reading […]

Greatness Has a Name…

I chatted recently with Alexander Havard, author of Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity. He spent two years writing about two words – magnanimity and humility. These two words are the two virtues unique to leadership. During our chat, he shared his mission of helping others to understand virtues. For example, he said something […]

Achieving Excellence Quickly

It’s the name of the monthly, 30 minute webinar on the 2nd Friday of each month beginning Friday, May 8th. You can spend years, like a sculptor, chipping-away at achieving excellence on your own or I can share the ‘mold’ with you to achieve it quickly… We’ll use a recent LinkedIn post I wrote that […]

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 […]

What to Start, Stop & Continue Doing…

One of the simple, time-tested tools I use with individual and organizational clients to collect actionable feedback from family, business colleagues or stakeholder groups to improve quickly is a ‘Start, Stop, Continue’ tool. The context IS you at your best. NOT the opinions of others or others projecting their issues on you, which happens with […]