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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]