Published: 1 week ago

Leading Through The Fog

There are moments when our leadership gets murky. The reasons for this are endless: maybe you can’t see a clear path forward. Perhaps your plate is full with other responsibilities. It could be that your heart isn’t in a particular project, you’re conflicted over …

Published: 2 months ago

You Need To Be More Pushy

“Pushy” isn’t an adjective we normally embrace. Pushy people are to be avoided, not cultivated. But there’s a scenario where “pushy” works to the advantage of both the pusher and the pushee (yes, you can get pushy with a pushee). Chip and Dan Heath …

Published: 3 months ago

Are You A “Yes If” or “No Because” Leader?

I recently finished reading the delightful biography of Marty Sklar, the equally-delightful Disney Legend who served as an Imagineer for an astonishing 50 year career. He joined the Disneyland team in 1955, which means he personally worked for the man himself for more than …

Published: 4 months ago

Until They See It…

As a leader, you have certain standards that you want your team to uphold. You train on those standards. You give feedback based on those standards. You reward behavior and rework hiccups…all centered around those standards. But how do you lead your team in …

Published: 5 months 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: 6 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: 7 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: 9 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: 9 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: 10 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 …

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