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I did a seminar on leadership this week

I did a seminar on Thursday about leadership. I talked about how there’s a culture shift going on where leadership is moving from the old fashion “do as I say” dictator style of leadership to a more cooperative inspirational…


Leadership Ego

A leader with ego is fueled by what others think of them. Their bio, their education. They live to look good in the eyes of others and have lost themselves in the process. To the ego driven leader everything…


A new way to lead

The word leader used to evoke an image for me of a strong muscle bound warrior ahead of the pack. Images of Mel Gibson in Braveheart or Brad Pitt in Troy fighting the battle have been burnt in my…


Destination Life Balance

What does that life balance really look like? If “balance” means a fair distribution of hours, is that what everyone really wants? We’ve heard about work-life balance for a long time and it’s taken on a number of meanings.…


Stone Soup

I read this old book called Stone Soup to my daughter the other day and I thought the message applied well to leadership. It’s about some travelers who come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking…


Listening vs Understanding

A leader was complaining that his team wasn’t listening to him. It’s not that they weren’t listening it’s that they didn’t get what he was saying. We only remember 10% of what we hear. Giving out information does very…


Proximity & Certainty

A dog trainer was telling me that proximity and certainty are the most important components to training a dog. Proximity is the time it takes for a dog to receive a reward after you’ve asked them to do something.…


Workers Should Have Ownership

When Howard Shultz was growing Starbucks he came to the realization that in order to grow his company into the giant it is today, he had to get everyone in the company in alignment. He needed every barista serving…


Teaching my Daughter to be a Leader

Courage is one of the most important qualities of a leader. You can’t tell the truth without it. You can’t love. You can’t express yourself. You can’t trust and you can’t question. Courage comes first and then everything follows.…


Avoiding Difficult Conversations

I can remember telling my boss I was leaving. Telling a client that I didn’t care how much she paid me, I wasn’t going to work with her. Telling a business partner it was over. Telling an employees they…


When You Stand for Something

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva showed incredible courage on Monday by standing up for what he believed in. Whether you think it was right or wrong is not the point. It’s one thing to follow a crowd but…