2 Sides of the Leadership Coin

People grow best where they continuously experience an ingenious blend of support and challenge; the rest is commentary.

It’s a rare aphorism that captures the essence of leadership in a single sentence, but (more…)

How Hard Do You Push?

How hard should a leader challenge others to perform or to change?

It’s one of the most intriguing questions about leadership.

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Even the Best of Friends …

My son is an impressively intelligent, honest, and thoughtful business person, with a good career.  In many ways he’s well ahead of where I was at his age. (more…)

The Myth of the Open Door

In the business world, certain ideas take hold in people’s minds perpetually. These axioms are taken as true without questioning, in part because they are repeated so often by so many people. (more…)

What are you worth?

I frequently speak to leaders about how they manage their time. But I blanch at the term “managing your time.” I’m not even certain why the term bugs me. Maybe because it’s not a big enough term to describe the real challenge. (more…)

Leadership Growth Means Seeing Your Gap

Yesterday a client confided in me that he’s been in a slump for about three weeks. He doesn’t feel effective. He’s taking two steps forward and three steps back. He’s discouraged about how much remains to be done. He’s overly sensitive to feedback and criticism from others. He wonders if he’s really up to the challenge. (more…)

The Power of “Detached Connection”

Last week I spent time with my extended family, whom I love to death. But this visit was unlike any other. I took on a different “way of being” — a leader’s way of being —and in so doing, everybody benefited. (more…)