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Start With the Heart

Every journey has a beginning. Although many of you have been on your leadership march for a long time, others are fresh on the trail. Regardless of where you are on your timeline, there are four arenas which require your attention and ultimately your mastery if you want maximum influence and opportunity.

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Why You Need to Value Results and Relationships
June 9, 2022
Why You Need to Value Results and Relationships

The best leaders value results and relationships.

The Most Important Part of Leadership (It's Not What You Think)
June 1, 2022
The Most Important Part of Leadership (It's Not What You Think)

Most leaders don’t understand what REALLY determines their success. We mistakenly believe our trajectory is determined by what we can do. This is a half-truth. As I look back on my career, I’m not sure when I discovered this – regrettably, it was MUCH later than I should have. Do you know what is required to be a great leader?

Engage and Develop Others
May 31, 2022
Engage and Develop Others

One of the things I've observed as I've worked with organizations all around the world is that virtually all of them want to improve performance.

An Almost-Guaranteed Cure for a Disengaged Employee
May 19, 2022
An Almost-Guaranteed Cure for a Disengaged Employee

Here’s a news flash: People are different! That’s one of the many reasons leadership is so challenging. However, of all the strategies I’ve experienced in my career to raise engagement, there is one that is almost fool-proof… Give people real responsibility.

Expression Trumps Intent
May 19, 2022
Expression Trumps Intent

Think about a time you were fully engaged – maybe this was at home, work, school, on a team, or part of a social club or non-profit organization. Hopefully, some people can honestly say they were fully engaged at work!

See the Future
May 16, 2022
See the Future

Leadership always begins with a picture of the future.

Never Stop Pursuing
May 10, 2022
Never Stop Pursuing

One of the things I've been thinking about recently is how you and I can emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.

Things I Believe About Leadership
May 10, 2022
Things I Believe About Leadership

I want to live my life on purpose. As part of my ongoing attempt to do so, on a regular basis I look back at the previous twelve months. This assessment, if done well, can inform my upcoming decisions. However, every review also surfaces gaps in my life and leadership.

Find Fresh Eyes
May 12, 2022
Find Fresh Eyes

One of the challenges every leader faces is... how do you confront reality? How do you stay grounded in truth? It can be really challenging.

Are You Avoiding the Truth?
May 2, 2022
Are You Avoiding the Truth?

If you and I could sit down and have a cup of coffee there are so many things I'd like to talk to you about.

I Was a Lousy Student
April 22, 2022
I Was a Lousy Student

I met my wife in 11th grade; we were in Trigonometry together. I’m glad I was there; however, I shouldn’t have been. It became obvious fairly quickly that I was in over my head.

Getting From Here to There
April 14, 2022
Getting From Here to There

Leaders generally know where they are trying to go – it’s called vision. The best leaders also have a good sense of where they are today – it’s called being grounded in reality. However, the challenge is often the how. How will you move from here to there?

Four Ways to Stimulate Growth in Others
March 31, 2022
Four Ways to Stimulate Growth in Others

Engaging and developing others is one of our primary roles as a leader. For some of us this comes very naturally and for others, it is a discipline that must be cultivated. Regardless of the ease or rigor required, the leaders we admire the most figure this out.

How Fun Is It to Work For You?
March 31, 2022
How Fun Is It to Work For You?

When my oldest son was little, I found myself coaching one of his baseball teams. During one game, I noticed a pattern. The kids in the on-deck circle looked terrified. It was as if they were awaiting their turn on the gallows. I saw this look in their eyes, child after child.

The Power of Connection
March 31, 2022
The Power of Connection

Where do you feel connected in your life? I assume you might say family, friends, or, if you are lucky, maybe even your work. Engagement is how much we care about someone or something, and connection is one of its elemental agents. The question leaders need to ask: How do I create a place where employees will care about their work, co-workers, and the organization?

4 Choices Smart Leaders Make
February 16, 2022
4 Choices Smart Leaders Make

A few years ago, we began to notice a lot of struggling leaders. The problem did not appear to have industry or geographic boundaries, nor did it have any regard for the size of the company or the seniority of the leader. The culprit, or so we thought, was busyness, distraction, growing complexity, and the like. We decided to label this toxic mix quicksand.