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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…)

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…)

Making Tough Conversations Easier

“Relationships succeed or fail one conversation at a time.”  How does that fit your experience, at work and at home?   (more…)

Gettin’ ‘Er Done — or Not

Your potential as a leader depends on the answer to this question: 

How good are you at doing what you say you’re gonna do — in the time promised? (more…)

A Plan As An Act Of Optimism

It’s that time of year—to reflect on the old year and to start making plans for the new one. This year it seems harder somehow to think ahead. Times have been tough.

I read a column this morning about what we might dub the current decade (a la “the Roaring Twenties” or “the Fabulous Fifties”). The writer suggested the “Uh-Ohs.” Between 9/11, two difficult wars, Hurricane Katrina, a disputed election, a fractious body politic, and a deep recession, it might not be a decade to remember fondly. (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…)