Least Effort, Highest Return: Authentic Leadership

What is the least effort, highest return action you can take to achieve your best self? Gain a basic understanding of temperament and character… Temperament, through nature, is your biology. Contrary to what many believe, temperament is not leadership because leadership is not genetic. Leadership is character. Youre not born with it. You build it. Ideally […]

The Pressure Point That Should Matter Most to You

I’m glad this post’s title got your attention. I’m sure it has something to do with timing (November 2nd, 2020), but hey, I’ll take it. What’s a pressure point? A place on the body (an individual or organizational body or society for that matter) that can be pressed to stop tension, pain or bleeding. How […]

Your Business Aim isn’t Profit, it’s a Full LIFE

We were taught to focus on profit as the measure of success. The reality is we know plenty of people who are successful and not satisfied with their life. Wouldn’t you agree Fullness is the true measure of success? A Full LIFE is serving our purpose as we all know. What we may not all […]

If Leaders Aren’t Born, How Do You Build Them?

I see a lot of leaders this year searching because they’ve never been shown how to build what’s most important – community & authentic leadership. Their leadership is built on the ground without a foundation. This year’s storms have shaken them and what they thought was leadership has collapsed. To build powerful and effective leaders, […]

Important Details – Why Falling Forward Matters

Why does ‘falling forward’ matter? It matters because you were born for a reason and you were born to be great and form greatness in others. Even when you fail, you must ‘fall forward’ (be introspective, learn and apply it), towards what you were born to BE and DO. Otherwise, you’ll never make it to […]

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 […]