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…)

Motivation 101b: The Drive to Thrive

There’s a creation story from India that goes something like this:  The world began as a smooth sea of milk.  Then a small wavelet formed.  Forever after, (more…)

Making Tough Conversations Easier II

It’s a complex world, the one you work in.  Way too complex for any one leader to have all the answers. Everyone holds a piece of the truth. (more…)

Doing Your Best Work – at the Coffee Shop

Okay, so I live in Seattle and maybe this coffee shop thing is a bit more of a phenomenon here than elsewhere. But you can’t walk into one of the Seattle area’s four billion coffee shops these days without (more…)

The Business Haiku Blog

I have been encouraged by some very questionable characters to offer you some business haikus.

Haikus are three-line poems in which the first and third lines contain five syllables, and the middle line contains seven.  (more…)

Vision: The Commitment Factor

“I call for all leaders to awaken and plan for the future with hope and creativity.”

Jim Hessler, my business partner, wrote those words in his blog post this week.  There’s more power in them than you might recognize.  He was discussing strategic planning in a depressing time … but he was really talking about so much more … (more…)

View from your death bed

On your death bed, who will you want to have been?

Think of it as the flip side of “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” See, like it or not, you’re already grown up. And you have X years before you die. Who do you want to be between now and then? What mark do you want to leave? What do you want people to say about you at your funeral? (more…)

The Importance of Words in Leadership

The words we use carry immense weight in our relationships —with others, with ourselves, and with the world. (more…)