Choosing Armstrong to Walk on the Moon

Today I have enjoyed looking back 45 years to the first moon walk, which happened at 10:56 PM on Sunday, July 20, 1969.

By | July 23rd, 2014|Core Values, Leadership|

Boys in the Boat and Wells of Strength

Effective leaders know the emotional capabilities of their team members. They know their strengths and insecurities. They know when to push and went not to. One challenge is to understand how deep one’s well of strength is.

By | June 5th, 2014|Core Values, Leadership|

Leadership Lesson From the Mega-Millions Lottery – Redux

One of the things that fascinates me is hearing that millions of new people are buying Mega-Millions lottery ticket because the pot is growing.

By | December 16th, 2013|Core Values, Leadership|

Why Congress is Not Smarter than a 5th Grader

Did you know that many elementary school students are learning to do something our Congress has yet to learn – reduce bullying by building relational trust? And, not surprisingly, the program was developed by women. It is a program with communication lessons that can greatly improve organizational and business success.

By | October 17th, 2013|Core Values, Leadership|

Your Mission is to Know Why Your Organization Exists! Do You Accept?

I have been thinking about mission and vision and the future quite a bit recently. Because the external environment is so unstable, most of us are doing what we need to do to stay viable. We try to search for growth opportunities. We think about the products and services we offer, we might think about what our customer value proposition is, but we rarely think about “why” we exist.

By | March 8th, 2013|Core Values, Leadership|

What Makes You Really, Really Happy?

Happiness and joy are one of the special gifts we humans can experience. When was the last time you were really, really happy? Don’t forget that when you are really happy, others around you will be too. A good lesson for all leaders.

By | February 22nd, 2013|Core Values, Leadership|

Is It Our Duty to be Servant Leaders?

Here is a faraway story you may have missed. It starts out when a two-year old girl's father, the leader of Burma, is assassinated. Later in life, with two sons and a husband then in England, she returns to her country to try and help her people get freed from a totalitarian regime. The people tried to elect her as their leader, but the brutal leadership made sure that didn’t happen. For over 20 years she was either imprisoned or placed under house arrest and couldn’t leave Burma (Myanmar). Her husband developed cancer and died in England – without her. [...]

By | October 4th, 2012|Core Values, Leadership|

Are You a Liar?

I have been reading a great deal this week about self-deception and read a quote by Patrick Lencioni that got me thinking. He writes in his book The Advantage, “When you tell yourself you’re bad at holding people accountable because you don’t like hurting their feelings, you’re lying.”

By | August 2nd, 2012|Core Values, Leadership|

A Lesson for Leaders From the Mega-Millions Lottery

Mega millions jackpot lesson for business leaders – remember the importance of having fun with your teams. When you do this effectively, your dreams for the team will come true.

By | July 25th, 2012|Core Values, Leadership|

Would You Put Your “John Hancock” on It?

We’ve all heard the expression “put your John Hancock on it.” Most of us know this comes from the very distinctive, first signature we see on the actual Declaration of Independence.

By | July 3rd, 2012|Core Values, Leadership|