EMPOWERMENT PRODUCES RESULTS The pursuit of power is universal and rightly human. I want to know that I can make a difference. I want whatever it takes, the power, to do just that. Let’s clarify terms and point of view. The role of leader inherently means power. A leader is someone who has influence, an…Details
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From the Chess Not Checkers Field Guide – “Emerging high performers in business are no different than those in athletics. They need someone to show them the way to greatness.” I had some great coaches and team members who inspired and challenged me to become better. So – Who showed you the way to greatness? and How…Details
When Technology Isn’t Your Friend… These days, progress often means a new opportunity for technology to be the answer. Exciting to engage with a new, reportedly more efficient tool or to stay with the current trend. Technology—the wave of the future. Okay, jumping on board. Then your best efforts go south. The link that was…Details
This weekend I watched a movie that is on my top ten list, Field of Dreams. The following dialogue is from one of my favorite scenes. John Kinsella: Is this heaven? Ray Kinsella: It’s Iowa. John Kinsella: Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven. [starts to walk away] Ray Kinsella: Is there a heaven? John…Details
Leaders set the pace. What is your development goal? Create a culture of growth and learning.
I had a friend who often said “Vision gives pain a purpose.” There is great truth in this simple but deeply profound statement. I’d be willing to endure hardship, sorrow, and even pain if it meant the fulfillment of a dream or at least a step in that direction. What pains might you need to…Details
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~ Zig Ziglar
What do you need to start to be great?
Look back at your calendar for the past week. When it comes to organizational values and a commitment to learning, what does your schedule communicate to your team?
Is your organization better characterized by The Lone Ranger (everyman for himself), or The Three Musketeers (all for one and one for all)? Think about what changes you might need to make.
Point of View and the Organization As a leader, I have an inner cry to know where I stand in the big picture. I need to have my boundaries of influence and authority articulated and expressed to those around me. In high school art class, we were instructed to choose a perspective for our drawings.…Details
What is one practical step you can take to walk toward wisdom?
What are the current gaps between your organization’s stated intention and its reality?
Author’s Place in the Picture I stand uniquely in my place in the picture of leadership development and organizational health and high performance. Along the way my canvasses for expression have been not the typical story to lead to this position. I make no apologies. This world is for me. My passions are deep and…Details