Meekness is Not Weakness

Real Power does not need to exert itself for its own gain, or to prove itself right or powerful. Influence for the good of others is Real Power. Holding back on the use of power for the benefit of others is a tricky balance. There is real need for wisdom to understand when (and when […]

“Failing forward” what does that mean?

Part 3: Failing Forward There are many benefits to “Failing Forward.” You will be trusted. When you are trustworthy you build stronger relationships at home, in community and at work. You will develop a good reputation and your circle of influence will grow. You will learn from your experiences. When you own your own actions […]

“Failing forward” what does that mean?

Part 2: Failing forward Think about almost any great person that you admire. Think about great world leaders, athletes, artists, inventors, scientists, business leaders and innovators. What do Vincent Van Gogh, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Jack Ma, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, LeBron James, and many […]

“Failing forward” what does that mean?

Part 1: “Failing forward” what does that mean? I thought no one likes to fail. Growing up I hated to lose. I feared failure. When I lost, it did not bring out the best in me. Often, after failing a test of losing a game, I would get angry or mad or want to give […]

Unicorns and Perfect Employees

As businesses and organizations begin to grow and flourish, the leader’s most challenging obstacle becomes recruiting talented people. Some of the most painful experiences of leadership come when we hire the ‘wrong’ people. We end up continuing to do their work, while losing profitability. Our client’s most stressful situations are always around the issue of […]

Learning Styles

Learning-style theory begins with Carl Jung (1927), who noted major differences in the way people perceived (sensation versus intuition), the way they made decisions (logical thinking versus imaginative feelings), and how active or reflective they were while interacting (extroversion versus introversion). Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs (1977), who created the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and founded […]

Why would people listen to you?

Let me ask you a question: Why do people listen to you? What reasons do you give them to follow you? Good leaders find a way to connect with people. They earn their right to be followed. They build bridges of relationship that can bear the weight of truth. Here are some reasons that why […]

An Inconceivable Truth About High Performers

I am reading Adam Grant’s book Give and Take this week.  Grant quotes research where leaders of soldiers, CPAs, students and engineers were given detailed personnel assessments on everyone on their team.  The data identified the few that had the highest potential.  A year later these high potential employees and students were outpacing and outperforming […]

How to Get Unstuck

‘Sometimes we mistake the edge of our rut for the horizon.’  Unknown I had lunch last week with the 2nd generation owner of a decades old business.  He was feeling stuck.  Early this week I had coffee with a woman in her 30’s, who leads a three-year-old start up with her husband.  Very different situation, […]