It’s About Us – and Me

A crucial question for leaders: How does your organization represent your best intentions, values, and thinking? And how does it not?

In today’s business world, (more…)

Time to retire the carrot and stick

School teachers and administrators are cheating to gin up the scores of their students on standardized tests.  So reported the New York Times last week.

The reaction to this story (more…)

The Leader’s Balancing Act

Want to be an effective leader?  You’ve got to be disciplined, organized, and focused.

But you’ve also got to be inspiring, creative, and visionary.

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Tiny Typo. Deep Insight.

It was the tiniest of mistakes, but it taught me something profound.

I mistyped the date on some client notes the other day (I’m a personal coach and executive coach).  (more…)

Looking for Fun in All the Wrong Places?

I’m hearing the word “fun” more than ever before.

As in, “I’m not having any fun anymore.”

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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…)

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…)

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…)

Boiling Frogs, Saber-Tooth Tigers, and Climate Change

Around the world this week, more than 7,000 bloggers are focusing on climate change. In case you haven’t heard, our grandchildren will face unimaginable devastation due to our virtually non-existent response to this cataclysmic threat. So this concerted blogging effort makes sense. Hell, any effort makes sense. So little is being done…. (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…)

Values – What’s the Point?

Leaders: take the time to clarify your values… Wait — eyes glazing over already?

“I mean,” I hear you say, “I guess they’re important in some big-picture, like, ethical way. But really, what’ll it get me to focus on them?” (more…)