Reverse Mentoring

Mentoring and coaching are usually thought of as an older, more experienced person guiding a younger inexperienced person. However, in a time of a great change, it may make sense for the senior person to have a junior coaching him or her as the young generally do better adapting to, or creating, change than those… [Continue Reading]

Eat Last, Don’t Learn Last

An old leadership proverb is that “leaders eat last” and a new book bearing that title by Simon Sinek explores the topic well. However, one area where leaders “eat last” at their peril is failing to invest in their own development as well as that of their team.  Vistage’s Chief Research Officer, Joe Galvin,  in a recent Inc… [Continue Reading]

What We Can Learn About Leadership From Sports

Reposting an oldie (but a goodie) from March 2014 I have a son Tod who plays squash in college – I have always been fascinated with the sport (I could never play it). Watching him grow upand attending many of his matches, I learned how difficult a sport it is to play let alone for… [Continue Reading]

Managing & Leading: What are the Differences?

I often get confused between Managing and Leading – after all aren’t they one and the same? I soon discovered that managing is squeezing efficiency out of the system.  It is largely about productivity – how can I get more units of output per labor hour.  How do you think individuals behave when they are managing… [Continue Reading]

Are Leaders Born or Are Leaders Made?

My own view is Leaders are like professionals (sports, arts, etc.): Some have more natural talent than others, yet it is the growth in this talent that propels them into a level of mastery. The most important point is we have to want to grow our talent at an emotional level, not a cognitive level, to achieve… [Continue Reading]

The Leadership Journey: How to Communicate so People Will Listen

I have been hanging around the leadership arena for many years, and I can’t tell you how many mistakes I have made along the way with my communications. Why is this so? I know what to do, but my mind races ahead. I recognize I have the words to say what I want.  The only… [Continue Reading]

Are You a Pusher?

No, not the kind that word generally brings to mind…. I mean as a leader are you a “pusher?” Patrick Lencioni author of “Five Temptations of a CEO” and “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” says you should be. Learn why he says  “Leaders are Pushers.”

Freedom, Fairness, Equality

The politically charged world we live in is characterized by many terms, most notably “freedom, fairness and equality”. Maybe the tone and temper of civic discourse would be improved if we had some shared definitions of them. Blogger Seth Godin offers three short but compelling views of what they mean. How do you define them? Freedom, fairness… [Continue Reading]

How Ike Did It

Few people had more important and momentous careers that President Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower. During World War II he was Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.  He not only led the planning for the invasion of Europe, his remarkable interpersonal skills held together a fragile coalition of US, English, French and Russian Allies often… [Continue Reading]

Seven Best Business Decisions of All Time

A few years back Vern Harnish (“Rockefeller Habits”, “Scaling Up , “Gazelles”) shared what he thought were the seven best business decisions of all time in a short video.  At the end, he commented that 6 of the 7 decisions had one thing in common. See if you can identify it before he reveals it; then ask… [Continue Reading]