(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 »
I built the box I was jumping on to. Couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve jumped on to it over the years. Perhaps because of that comfort, I rushed, miscalculated the jump and smacked my hand into the box. Smacked it hard enough to break it. ... READ MORE »
The second most frequently cited issue could be framed as, “How do I lead up?”
The most frequently cited issue had to do with building team alignment. I’ll be releasing a unique opportunity on that topic very soon. Stay tuned! ... READ MORE »
Developing leaders fits into a category that is similar to fitness and athletic performance. On one hand, nearly anyone can tie on a pair of shoes and shuffle jog around the block. Anyone can walk into a gym and pick stuff up and put it back down. Fitness is easy.
Anyone can lead. Tie on a title. Shuffle through meetings. Pick up a good leadership book. Set it back down. Leadership is easy. You just do it. ... READ MORE »
A guy came over. He was there with his wife and three kids. Seems like a great dad. ... READ MORE »
I’m grateful. So, grateful for this country.
I’ve been traveling, with my wife and three kiddos, through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. We’re here to attend a wedding, visit family, plunder houseboats and such. ... READ MORE »
This week I thought I’d do something a little bit different. I’m coming up on my 150th article (122nd on LinkedIn!) I thought it would be a good time to check in and ask people what they wanted to learn about.
If you could take just 5 minutes and tell me what the single, biggest, leadership challenge that you’re facing right now please click here. If you could even take just 30 seconds to tell me what that is, A) It would mean the world to me and B), most importantly, I’ll be able to use that information to gear my upcoming articles towards topics that you specifically want to know more about.
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My closets and my garage are without heart. Remorseless in their demands for order. They will take on a life of their own if I don’t attempt to intervene periodically.
After three summers in a row of avoiding my garage, I realized I needed to man up and face the monster. To do so, I began by delaying. I used my favorite tactic, which is: “I need to study this first.” ... READ MORE »
Possibly the second most common frustration is someone you supervise who doesn’t delegate well to others. Someone who doesn’t leverage their staff and resources well. ... READ MORE »
In December of 2001, I was part of a team finishing up a disaster relief project in Kosovo. Andre, my Dutch colleague, and I were driving one of our Jeeps back to HQ in Switzerland. We drove through the beautiful forgotten country of Montenegro and spent a night in Dubrovnik, an amazing walled city in southern Croatia. Then followed the coast of the Adriatic up to the ancient city of Split where we caught a ferry to Italy. From there, we drove to Mestre, which is the poor man’s city to find a hotel if you are visiting Venice, which was right off the coast.
A sweet gig.
We found a suitable low-end hotel in Mestre (I can’t remember anything about it except it had secure parking). Then we got out to stretch our legs and plan our visit to Venice. ... READ MORE »