Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

are you in?

Friday, January 27th, 2012
After watching the latest republican debate last evening, it occurred to me this morning to begin an anti-politics revolution.  I earnestly found myself wondering what it would take to begin a viral revolution to boycott the polls between now until November in order to create an awakening in politicians that "old school" politics are dead.
As I witnessed the political boxing match between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, I was amazed at how much reality TV has now infiltrated the political arena.  We care less about the deep issues facing this country (and more importantly, how    Read More

coaching is not for everyone

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

"Coaching may be popular but it's NOT for everyone"


As few as five to seven years ago, coaching was still primarily attributed to the world of sports.  Now, we see the term "coaching" applied in every genre - business, music, finances, entertainment, health, etc.   Anyone has at their disposal, the ability to apply coachable moments in the conduct of their work, but a qualified few can apply coaching concepts as a discipline and skill set specifically designed to generate effective results for their client or target audience. The beauty of coaching    Read More

secrets of successful managers

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

"Secrets of Successful Managers"

Successful managers are not perfect but they do get more done, get more out of their team and have better retention rates than their unsuccessful peers.  Because we are complex human beings, management success seldom boils down to a succinct list of traits so while not comprehensive, here are eight at the top that can definitely advance your success.
  • Are comfortable in their own skin
This is the one secret that we often see in successful managers that is seldom discussed.  Successful managers just seem to exude a confidence    Read More

lessons rep. weiner could have learned from my mom (and what you can too)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

"What Rep. Weiner Could Have Learned From My Mom (and What You Can Too)"

I would love to tell you that I don't get it but I do - yet another powerful figure that has demonstrated his lack of integrity.  It is a story for the ages.  Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy pursues girl (except in this case boy is married), boy sends private pictures over a public medium and gets caught engaging in illicit online relationships. I would also like to tell you that this is a problem confined to    Read More

the goals we don’t (but should) acknowledge

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

"The Goals We Don't (But Should) Acknowledge"

Goals.  We all have them.  Some typical goals might include things like:
  • Generate $10,000 in sales this month
  • Develop 10 new clients
  • Double company market share
Goals can be motivating and by definition, they (hopefully) set the framework for our critical tasks list from day to day and week to week. What you rarely hear are goals like these:
  • I don't want to fail
  • I don't want to look stupid
  • I don't want to make mistakes
But the    Read More

a conversation in leadership

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
A powerful speech delivered by Xerox CEO Ursula Burns to MIT students.  It is a long video but if you can hang in there, you will definitely find it worthwhile!


Her key points:

  1. Be authentic (yes!)
  2. Listen enough to hear what people really want (what they say and don't say)
  3. Get followership
  4. TAKE A STAND.  Declare something.  Saying what you think sets a stake for people to either argue or support you (LOVE this!).
  5. Have objectives and be    Read More

lessons that only experience can bring

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
As a West Pointer, I rarely confine my posts to things specifically related to the Academy or the  military but I think you'll agree that this inspiring speech has relevance for us all.  It is lengthy but well worth every word.  Enjoy! _________________________________ Dining-in speech at U.S. Military Academy by LTC Guy Lofaro: "Let me say before beginning that it has been my pleasure to attend several dinings-in here at West Point and hence I have some basis for comparison. You people have done a fine job and you ought to congratulate yourselves.    Read More

leadership lessons from the trenches

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Lessons learned These are lessons I either learned early (thankfully) or I wish I had learned earlier (regrettably).

1. The responsibility and service of leadership always outweigh the recognition and status.

2. Responsibility is rewarding, but it isn’t about rewards

3. Anyone can lead but not everyone should lead. If you don’t have your heart in it, you’ll be mediocre at best.

4. Leadership doesn’t make a difference; leadership makes the difference, personally and organizationally.

5. Anything the leader does that benefits only him- or herself    Read More

fridays inspirational vid: are you living a life of immersion?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I found this to be a powerful video by Jacqueline Novogratz on living a life of immersion.  Of the need for leaders who are not drawn by money to fill a purpose but by passion and the willingness to live in that passion (ie immersion) understanding that taking "the road less traveled" also means making sacrifices to be the difference only you can be in the world.  As you watch this, I ask that you think about your purpose.  Your passion.  What changes and what sacrifices would you need to live a life of immersion?  Are you willing to go there?

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keeping the pedal to the metal eventually takes its toll

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Acceleration The April issue of Harvard Business Review had an interesting article entitled The Acceleration Trap which highlights a challenge faced by so many of my clients (if not all) particularly in the current economic environment.  Organizations have simultaneously downsized personnel while trying to increase production which means that the associates left behind who were once operating at 80-90% production are now functioning at 125%+ on a daily basis.  Every organization goes through periods of increased productivity    Read More