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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

GREAT STRATEGY

I’m challenging you to adopt this greater purpose with me: – Business leaders at the service of mankind will save the world…. Second, I’m challenging you to adopt these ideals: – Leadership is virtuous or it’s not leadership. – Strategy isn’t strategy unless most others wouldn’t do it. Strategy is meant to create distinction. (see the […]

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 […]

Excuses for Being Less Than Excellent

When you are busy because things are tough or going exceedingly well, it’s easy to make excuses for your decisions to be less than excellent. Decisions that result in 1. loss of routine, 2. allowing the trivial many tasks to get in the way of the vital few actions (that produce a majority of your […]

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 […]

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