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 »

What If You Are The Source Of Your Frustration?

These 3 Mindsets Lift the Limits of Leadership Success. I’ve consulted and coached leaders for 14 years. I’ve consistently been in some kind of leadership or supervisory role for over 25 years. This has included business start-ups, non-profits, and boards.

Over those decades, I’ve had many opportunities to discover my limits. My personal ceilings for my own growth, achievement or success.

I’ve also had the opportunity to observe when others hit their limits. All leaders eventually encounter their limits. ... READ MORE »

How to Build a Magnetic Executive Presence


Executive PresenceTwo people walked onto the stage.

She walked in confidently. Gave a warm smile to the audience. Her posture was straight and looked relaxed. Her humor was soft. She seemed like someone you’d like to know. ... READ MORE »

The First Four Things A New Executive Should Do

The First Four Things A New Executive Should DoIn high school, I played basketball. Our varsity team had won State two years, back to back. Then the head coach moved away. A new coach was hired. From the way he related to us, it felt like he saw himself as Gene Hackman’s character in Hoosiers. He was going to be the tough coach that whips his group of losers into shape.

Except we were already champions.

Within a few short months, he managed to whip us into a place of such low morale that the entire starting five threatened to quit. I actually did. We didn’t even place at Regionals. He killed the team. He killed his credibility. For reasons unknown, the school retained him. He was never able to rebuild the team. ... READ MORE »

How to Avoid the Most Common Leadership Rookie Errors

New LeaderThere are many paths to executive leadership. However, when beginning a new role, most people tend to use one of four different approaches. Each of these tends to fall short and ultimately creates more work for the leader later.

The Four Typical Approaches for New Leaders


Approach #1: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

This phrase is derived from American, or at least Hollywood, lore of the Old West. A town is controlled by the baddies. There is corruption. People don’t feel safe. There’s lots of mud and shooting and people getting thrown out of taverns. ... READ MORE »

How to Know If A CEO Position Is Right for You


Choose wiselyExecutive opportunities can be seductive.

If you’ve never held an executive position before—the opportunity, the power, the office, the salary—It can be heady stuff. Even at small organizations. ... READ MORE »

If You Make These Changes, You’ll Lead More Effectively


Personal Leadership GrowthMost business problems are personal problems.

I first encountered that statement from Michael Port. It stopped me. A six-word summary of many of my client experiences. And, my own journey. ... READ MORE »

How to Persuasively Lead from The Middle

BridgeIf you are the average leader, you lead from the middle.

(I know, you aren’t average. You are awesome!)

But let’s say your actual position is similar to most other leaders: You have people or projects that you directly oversee. But you probably report to someone else as well. ... READ MORE »