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Credibility – Yearn for It, Earn It, Vote for It

If you have been a faithful reader, you may remember a few years ago when I first wrote about how important credibility is to leadership. Given the upcoming election and the two candidates, I thought it might be helpful to review the four qualities of leaders who have credibility. This summer I finished reading the book George Washington, A Life by Ron Chernow, which is a very compelling book on arguably our most accomplished president. When we read about George Washington it is easy to see why he was one of the most admired leaders in history – he had [...]

By |2018-01-02T20:15:24-04:00September 8th, 2016|Credibility & Inspiration, Leadership|

Rout the Doubts from Loss Fatigue

I can see it in his eyes. I can hear it in her voice. I know when a business or non-profit team loses money it can be very stressful for the people responsible. And when these losses occur for several months in a row, senior leaders need to not only study why the losses are occurring, but also watch for what I call loss fatigue – that state of weariness within a responsible manager created by ever-increasing doubts. If you have seen It’s a Wonderful Life you know George Bailey had serious doubts about his ability to run a profitable [...]

By |2017-05-19T19:54:51-04:00December 6th, 2015|Credibility & Inspiration|

Power of High Expectations

Low expectations are all around us and successful leaders know it. They also know it is their job to raise expectations and help people achieve more in their lives. Last week I listened to a powerful podcast on This American Life about Daniel Kish, a visually-impaired man known as Batman, who is changing the world of expectations for blind people. Daniel, who uses echolocation or clicks to find his way around, was not held back by his mother when he lost his eyes to cancer at 18 months old. She did not put limits on her expectations and, as a [...]

By |2017-05-19T19:55:08-04:00March 11th, 2015|Credibility & Inspiration, Leadership|

Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire

On Thanksgiving Day, I watched the Patriots play the Jets. The game was tied until the second quarter when the Patriots scored 35 unanswered points and led at halftime 35-3. Someone among us said, “I wonder what Rex Ryan (the coach of the Jets) will say to his team at half-time?” It is a great leadership question – how do leaders inspire their teams when they are really down and the likelihood of success is extremely low? Have any of these things happened to you while you were in a leadership role? 1) You lost a huge customer or your [...]

By |2017-05-19T19:55:39-04:00November 28th, 2012|Credibility & Inspiration, Leadership|