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.”

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]

Drucker’s Big Five

It’s hard to believe that the legendary Peter Drucker’s been gone for over a decade; perhaps it’s the timeliness of his work that keeps him top of mind with so many executives. Many companies will be focusing on their strategic plans during December and it’s easy to get lost in the weeds of planning given… [Continue Reading]

Is Your Strategy Scientific?

Most of us realize that thanks to science, and perhaps more importantly, scientific method, that we enjoy a level of technology and therefore comfort that the kings and queens of a century ago would have envied.  Maybe we should apply the scientific method to how we run our businesses. Specifically, scientists create hypotheses to explain… [Continue Reading]

Your Five Contributions

Peter Drucker once suggested that the most important question executives can ask themselves is “What can I contribute?” As important as the question is, each of should realize that we are capable of several types of contribution; five to be exact according marketing blogger Seth Godin. His brief enumeration and description of each will give… [Continue Reading]

A Dearth of Depth

Where have all the leaders gone? Or at the very least, where are they going? The quest for experienced and effective leadership is getting harder… and it is not only the executive search and placement companies taking notice. Companies of all sizes are increasingly finding it difficult to successfully fill their vacant Board and C-Level… [Continue Reading]

Boss BS (or how to deliver reality)

One of the costs of being the boss is telling employees and others want they don’t want to hear.  As with many things in life, there’s a right and wrong way to deliver reality.   Check out these 21 things bosses say that are total “BS”… and some suggestions for a different approach.  How many of… [Continue Reading]