Leadership: Accomplishing the Things that Are Truly Vital

In our day of massive information overload—24/7 everything, everywhere, all the time—it becomes increasingly difficult for leaders and all team members to focus on the truly vital and what is most important.   In chapter one of … [Read more...]

A Crucial and Liberating Leadership Question

Continuing our study of Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, this week we look at a crucial and liberating leadership question.   How many leaders and organizations teach, coach, and explicitly empower ALL of … [Read more...]

Less Successful Leaders ‘Major in Minor Activities!’

We see it among less successful leaders in every industry and in every walk of life. Millions of leaders, and literally billions of people spend their entire lives, and their entire career ‘majoring in minor activities.’   I have been a … [Read more...]

Book Study: “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”

I am currently studying—note that I did not say that I am simply reading—an excellent book titled Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. The author is Greg McKeown. Regardless of your level of leadership and personal and professional success, … [Read more...]

9 Leadership Lessons from West Point

Jon Gordon, a successful leadership author, thought leader, and speaker, recently visited West Point Military Academy to speak and to interact with cadets, coaches, and the military brass.   Following his visit, Jon wrote an article titled … [Read more...]

Leaders: Are You All In?

It was my honor recently to serve as facilitator for a day of important discussion among a group of 10 hospital and health system CEOs. Over the years, these CEOs have developed significant trust. They clearly understand the immense and enduring … [Read more...]

Leaders: Which People Are Worthy of Your Respect?

I learn a lot by watching the people around me. I have long been a people-watcher, and I’ve discovered that not only do I learn something about each person I watch, but I also learn something about the people around them. And often, I even learn … [Read more...]

Improving Your Soft, High-Flexibility Leadership Skills

In his book The Little Book Of Talent: 52 Tips For Improving Your Skills, Daniel Coyle discusses ‘hard, high-precision skills’ versus ‘soft, high-flexibility skills.’   According to Coyle, hard, high-precision skills "have one path to an … [Read more...]

A leadership lesson Sam Walton would love

Tip number six in Daniel Coyle's book, The Little Book of Talent, is "Choose Spartan Over Luxurious." Coyle correctly explains that we love comfort—state-of-the-art practice facilities, oak-paneled corner offices, expensive fluffy towels, and all … [Read more...]

How Do You and Your Leaders Interpret Mistakes?

As a leader, your job, your responsibility, your priority is not to manage nor accept the status quo. Your job, your responsibility, your priority is to personally exemplify continuous improvement and to create and maintain a culture that encourages … [Read more...]