January 2, 2011

This Year, Change How You Think

  It’s the time of year when most of us decide to do some things differently. There’s something powerful about a new year as we assess our lives, our business and even our relationships with others. The prospect of a new year lends itself to a fresh start and a sense that we will behave […]
October 18, 2010

The Opposing Forces of Leadership

  It seems like there are very few weeks that go by without a client making a comment to me about how hard leadership is. At some point during my work with them, there comes a moment when they understand how to make the transition from the current state to the next level of leadership […]
October 11, 2010

There’s No Such Thing as Business DNA

  I read another article the other day that referred to an “organization’s DNA”.  The context was that the organizational DNA couldn’t be changed and that if something was part of that DNA it was considered a permanent part of how the organization functioned. It seems that we as individuals and businesses are blaming more […]
September 27, 2010

Change Management, For Yourself

  I’ve worked with several leaders who struggle with the conflict between what they feel like they have to do for the business and what they sincerely enjoy. Sometimes there is even a difference between what the business needs from a leader and the kind of leader they want to become. Let’s face it, leadership […]
September 21, 2010

Things I Learned from John Wooden

  I recently finished reading the book They Call Me Coach by John Wooden. It had been on my list for some time and while I have read several interviews and articles with Wooden as the centerpiece, I had never read his book. When he passed away recently at the age of 99, I renewed my commitment […]
September 13, 2010

Are You Limiting Growth?

  I worked with a leader once who would make her mind up and then spend lot’s of time and other people’s effort finding and creating data that would support her decision. Virtually any piece of information that backed up her thinking was showcased, while any competing statistics were quickly dismissed by her, and anyone […]
September 8, 2010

Preparing For Leadership, It’s Time

  In a study conducted in 2009 by the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the key findings was this: Leaders are not adequately prepared for the future. Today’s leadership capacity is insufficient to meet future leadership requirements. The four most important future skills — leading people, strategic planning, inspiring commitment, and managing change — […]
August 31, 2010

What’s Your Definition of Success?

  Last night, as I was telling the kids goodnight, I noticed that the movie Tin Cup was on television. I’m not a huge movie buff but that’s one of the classics in my opinion. I happen to walk through the room just at the beginning of the scene where Roy McAvoy, with a chance to win […]
August 29, 2010

Builder or Conqueror, Which Kind of Leader Are You?

  Why does your business exist? No matter what kind of organization you are leading, whether you are an executive in a huge corporation or a solo entrepreneur, you have a concept of what your business is about. How you think about that question will greatly determine what your business looks like a year from […]
August 25, 2010

Culture Change, It Could Happen

  Watching culture change happen within a business is something that makes a lasting impression. There are many organizations that don’t understand why culture is so important and many more that want to change it but don’t know how. I’ve even read articles like this one, that suggest it may not even be possible. Culture change, to […]