How Strategic Leaders Think…And Win


(Second in a series of Seven Essential Executive Skills. For the first in the series, click this link: Teambuilding Without Trust Falls.)

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” - Sun Tzu ... READ MORE »

How to Do Team Building Without Trust Falls

(First in a series of Seven Essential Executive Skills)

Team Building

The most successful leaders know how to build teams. They know that their efforts are only as effective as their team. ... READ MORE »

The Best Leaders Are Thankful Ones

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton.

Give ThanksI’m a Thanksgiving Day fan. I like the pies a lot. Plural. I can eat a lot of pie.

I also really like the idea of the day. I like how the holiday escapes most holiday craziness. Unlike the history, it stays simple and focused. ... READ MORE »

5 Ways to Identify Future Leaders

Future LeaderSomething I’ve noticed about my best clients is that they place and hire well – particularly in the area of their key employees.

My clients who struggle to successfully grow, change or get to the next level usually don’t. It is a common pattern and it provokes the question: What does it take to ‘hire well?’

First, it is important to be able to place people well in all positions. However, key positions are uniquely critical. ... READ MORE »

This Simple Approach to Strategy Makes You a More Effective Executive

Strategic PlanningA friend of mine is an avid mountain biker. He’s a big guy. A tough guy. Imagine the Incredible Hulk on a bicycle. Except not green. But probably the same intense, unhappy look on his face.

He stands out in the skinny, biker-short wearing crowd. He doesn’t ride a bike. He challenges it to survive.

Some time ago, he showed me a video that he had made with his new GoPro camera. In the video you see that he is in the mountains, in the tundra, mostly above the tree-line, riding a narrow trail. ... READ MORE »

Why Doesn’t Character Matter? How to Make Sure Yours Does.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
― Abraham Lincoln

Leadership Team

I received an e-mail that included a request from a magazine writer. She was looking for thoughts on how male leaders, who were allies to women, could support women in the workplace. This was written in the context of the recent accusations toward Harvey Weinstein and others in Hollywood and Washington. ... READ MORE »

Why Do Most People Fail to Accomplish Their Goals?


Pushing toward your goalsSometimes, it is very difficult to complete goals.

I’ve always been an athlete. I love training hard. But I’m not a huge fan of distance running. I’m not even a little fan of it. ... READ MORE »

Answering One Question Will Free Your Staff to Do More

TeamworkWhen my oldest son, Elijah, was three he loved to have me draw pictures for him.

One day, he ran up to me with a sheet of blank paper and a marker. “Draw, Daddy!”

Usually, he’s specific about what he wants me to draw: A snake, a spider, a duck. This time he didn’t seem to care what I drew. He yanked the paper away from me just as I began to draw. ... READ MORE »

Way Too Busy? How to Get Off the Hamster Wheel.

Busy executive on Hamster WheelWhen coaching leaders, one of the most common complaints I hear is, “I’m too busy.”

Too frequently, they insist that they are too busy to become less busy.

So, they are choosing to be too busy. ... READ MORE »

How to Protect Yourself So You Can Lead Others

overwhelmed businessmanA drowning man may drown you as well.

When learning water rescue techniques, the first lessons are how to keep yourself safe. To not become another victim. The next lessons are how to defend yourself from someone who is drowning. From the person you are trying to rescue.

When someone is drowning, they will often panic. The panic can be so extreme that they become frantic. This may lead to a wild thrashing, trying to climb onto anything that appears to float or grabbing onto a rescue swimmer in such a way that the rescuer can no longer swim. ... READ MORE »