Published: 3 weeks ago

Are Your Processes Predictable?

I get a random newspaper delivered to my driveway…well…randomly.  There’s no apparent rhyme or reason. It doesn’t come on a particular day of the week, nor does it come every week. There are mornings I will be driving out of my neighborhood and notice …

Published: 2 months ago

Preparation vs. Payoff

I re-read this story in my quiet time recently. It’s always been one of my favorites, but this time I saw something I’ve never noticed before: Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband …

Published: 3 months ago

Where Are You Taking Your Team?

As I type, I’m away from home at a conference. In a couple of days my wife is going to join me for a quick getaway in a city we both love. Because of my conference schedule, I’m not able to meet Merriem at …

Published: 5 months ago

What Are Your Leadership Labels?

As leaders, we tend to apply labels to those we lead:   Rock star. Lazy. Utility player. Unreliable.  Hot-tempered. Self-starter. Flaky.   Whether the labels are always true doesn’t really matter. If they are sometimes true or were once true in a make-or-break moment, those labels become all-too-easy to …

Published: 5 months ago

What It Takes To Be A Leader…

…is that you need to be a couple of steps ahead of those you’re leading. There’s more to leadership than that, of course. The “two steps ahead” rule is the super-simplified, stripped-down version of Leadership 101. There are other things that factor in there …

Published: 7 months ago

Who Is Pushing Your Buttons?

Life is too short to surround yourself with Yes Men. Yet, we all do it. We like to get in the echo chamber, line up the opinions that agree with our own, and re-validate every single belief that we hold so dear. How much …

Published: 8 months ago

Who’s Replacing You?

It’s not a question of if you’ll be replaced as much a question of when. You’ll eventually take another job. One day you’ll retire. You’ll accept a promotion, move to a new position, or tackle an entirely new profession. But why wait until you move out before …

Published: 8 months ago

Are You Guilty of a Leadership Eclipse?

Well of course this is an eclipse post. It’s August 21, 2017…the day when millions of Americans have gone eclipse-crazy. Sometime today (2:44:13 PM Eastern at the Summit offices), we’ll plunge into partial or complete darkness as the moon comes between the earth and the sun, …

Published: 9 months ago

Who’s Driving?

Driving is on my mind this week, because my third-born is behind the wheel of a driver’s ed car. Within a few weeks, State Farm will once again have all of my money, and when the Day Of The License finally arrives next spring, …

Published: 11 months ago

“We’ve Never Done It That Way Before.”

If you haven’t heard it yet, you will. Leaders face the tension of protecting the core values of the organization while progressing in new areas of innovation. And sometimes that progression can trigger the “We’ve never done it that way before” syndrome: We’ve never …

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