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 […]

One Throat to Choke, One Hand to Shake

One throat to choke is an expression used in business to describe the advantage of one person being responsible for attaining a goal. That way, when something goes wrong, there is only “one throat to choke.” While the language is sacrastic it contains wisdom. When there is one person accountable for a goal, expectations are set, […]

QUICK HIT on how to BUILD COMMUNITY and AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP

Obstacle: As a leader, admit the fact that you’re naturally more interested in goals than developing people. Action: Instead of delegating a role/task because you don’t have time to do it (to achieve your goals), delegate it because you want to develop people. I, myself, my wife, children and colleagues can feel the difference. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wise People Speak Last and Speak Least 

Wise people speak last and speak least. You can’t scale your wisdom without the help of others. With the help of others you can be magnanimous – urgently doing great things at scale while helping others to be great. When you’re magnanimous, speaking last and least is how you practice it… Significant Leadership and 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 […]

You Have to be BOTH of These to Achieve Excellence

We are spiritual beings (heart/y-axis, see below) having a human experience (mind/x-axis)… We have to be both to achieve excellence. If you want to achieve excellence and reach the upper right quadrant, you can’t do it without God. You can reach higher with God than without. I’m not prescribing ‘how’ to achieve excellence here, I’m […]

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