The Starting Point

“Strategic planning is worthless – unless there is first a strategic vision.” – John Naisbitt Last week in this space the conversation was around the idea that at some point everybody has to stop [...]


Get Uncomfortable

“We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.” – Frank A. Clark One very noticeable trait of human beings is that we want to be comfortable.  There’s nothing [...]


Difficult = Good

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass A consistent theme I hear from leaders these days is how difficult it is to make decisions.  We’re living in a world that’s [...]


What Aren’t You Saying?

“What would happen if we spoke the truth?” – Alison Bechdel Last week in this space the topic was truth telling, and the fact that as leaders we give up the right to remain silent when we see [...]


Our Own Worst Enemy

“Assume a cheerfulness you do not feel, and shortly you feel the cheerfulness you assume.” – Chinese proverb Some days it’s hard to get our minds off of what’s wrong with our situation.  For the [...]


Perfection Is Not On The Radar

“Excellence does not require perfection.” – Henry James One common trait I see in the great leaders I work with is the desire to do things better.  Whether it’s how they produce their good or [...]


These 2 Things Make a Difference

“It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.” – Dizzy Gillespie Last week in this space the topic was focus, and the importance of zeroing on what matters and getting your people to do [...]


What Should They Do?

“The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.” – John Madden As leaders, we are bombarded by ideas and information about how we’re supposed to manage people.  If [...]


Just Move

“We generate fears while we sit.  We overcome them by action.” – Dr. Henry Link Here we are again.  It’s the first week of January, and I feel like I should write something about it being an [...]


Do Your Homework

“One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.” – Black Elk Last week in this space I wrote about the importance of making [...]