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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mustard Seed Moments

Have you ever seen a mustard seed? You can buy them in the spice section of a grocery store and they’re about the size of a pinhead. If you were to plant one, it would grow to the size of a bush as large as a tree – tall enough for birds to make their […]

HOW TO BUILD CHARACTER (you’re not born with it)

How to Build Character (you’re not born with it) How do you react when something not only doesn’t go your way, it makes no sense or seems unjust or unbelievable to you? Several of my kids have experienced disappointments recently – one in college and one in boy scouts. As a parent I hurt for […]

GOOD FEAR

GOOD FEAR 2/3 of the year is in the books. This is a timely reminder to avoid a letdown. Have ‘good fear’. A magnanimous person, someone who has urgency to do great things, has a fear of not doing the good that could have been done… An extreme example of ‘good fear’ is I’ve caught […]

DON’T PEE IN THE POOL

One of our summertime rituals is our kids’ participation with the neighborhood swim team – practice every morning and swim meets on Thursday nights… The title of a recent Seth Godin post reminded me of something we’ve all learned when swimming, and it applies to our lives, DON’T PEE IN THE POOL. What I mean […]

Low Strategy, Low Culture

LOW STRATEGY, LOW CULTURE Can a company start in the lower left quadrant? No. But companies can fall there and disappear. If you’re in the upper left quadrant (low strategy, high culture) or lower right (high strategy, low culture), your organization is exposed to unnecessary risk. You’re just a step away from low strategy, low […]

Reverse Course! RESULTS Create Engagement

I worked with a successful healthcare client recently on using culture to enhance execution of strategy to optimize results. They had disagreement on 1. direction of the organization and 2. ownership – that had slowed the organization. What most leadership teams do is focus on thorny issues like these without first laying ground work to […]

Why Leadership is For The Many, Not Few?

Even if you flip burgers in a restaurant, you can be a leader… Who REALLY believes that? I didn’t , but I do now.   Why? LEADERSHIP IS MORE THAN THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR WORK – flipping burgers, being a CEO or even a shift manager. Leadership is 1. connecting your work with your purpose, […]