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 […]

You Don’t NEED Trust

You Don’t NEED Trust You don’t NEED trust to lead. You NEED authority. Trust is a by-product of authority. You build your own authority. You receive trust from others. There’s 2 types of authority – AUTHORITATIVE authority and AUTHORITARIAN authority. Authoritative authority is leading based on WHO you are and HOW you do things (and […]

Leadership is Virtuous or it’s not Leadership

LEADERSHIP IS VIRTUOUS OR IT’S NOT LEADERSHIP It’s a quote from a colleague, Alexandre Havard, that I’ve shared lately. Why? I’ve worked with dozens of business leaders over the last month of crisis to 1. keep team members, 2. retain clients, and 3. sharpen strategy. What most business leaders do in crisis is retreat into […]

SERVING OTHERS ISN’T YOUR PURPOSE

Below is an ‘open letter’ to my network. Folks, My purpose is to challenge proven leaders, like yourself-wanting excellence, to take the next step. In the end, the next step isn’t about increasing revenue, but it is. Read on… Achieving excellence answers the riddle of the purpose of your life. Most leaders say their purpose […]

Don’t Make a Decision Without This

Don’t Make a Decision Without This Consider thinking about time this way – 1. time is the beginning of your legacy or eternity (it’s not separate), 2. Life is short, 3. your decisions matter… Regardless of what the opportunity is, the question is not ‘do I have time?’ The question is ‘does this opportunity help […]

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 […]

Support Your ‘Enemies’

I just sent a note of support for an acquaintance that moved his children out of the school I and my 5 children have attended and into a local public school. The easy thing to do is become defensive and throw stones at the person that seemingly rejects something we closely identify ourselves with by […]

Urgent: Test Yourself for Mediocrity

We’ve been lulled into thinking MEDIOCRITY IS EXCELLENCE… For example, if we employ people, sit on a few boards, donate money, and provide a comfortable life for our families, what’s unusual about that? Don’t other leaders, especially our competitors, and gasp, those with different political views, etc… do the same? In other words, what I’ve […]

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 […]

It’s NOT a Wonderful Life

How many times have you seen the Christmas classic, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with Jimmy Stewart playing the main character – George Bailey? Why does this movie endure?… IT’S A WAKE-UP CALL. It’s a call to excellence. A result of achieving excellence is being happy today, at this moment and every moment thereafter. Excellence? You’ve […]