Category: Leadership

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...