Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Is It True That Racism Died?


This may be the most controversial article you’ve ever read.  At the same time, controversial conversations can alter your perspective of reality.  Altered perspectives can usher in new actions. 

I wish this were an easy conversation.  It’s not.  It really is analogous to telling

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Who Is Responsible for Your Choices?


While the answer may seem obvious, it’s not for many.  You get one life and it’s yours.  Whether it’s your major in college, career, spouse or prison, you have encountered everything in your life because of your choices.  While it’s true your environment shaped your thoughts and belief systems, it is

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Will Courage Make You a Great Leader?


If you lack courage, does it mean you will never be a great leader?  In the US, it appears that common sense says courage is a profound part of being a great leader.  As a result, aspiring leaders go about their day to demonstrate their courage to the world.  However, when you look at many of the most effective leaders, perhaps it is

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Should Leaders Send Themselves to the Timeout Room?


The notion of time out is generally seen as punishment for children who misbehave.  In the context of this article, it has a much more profound meaning.  In sports, teams call time out when they are running out of time, overwhelmed or need to thoroughly think through the next play.  In life, regardless of how well you manage time, it eventually runs out.  As a result, some people are

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How Do Leaders Handle Breakdowns?


In your personal or professional life, breakdowns occur.  When I say breakdowns, it includes problems, disruptions, challenges, chaos, misfortune, disaster, etc.  When it comes to business, in many cases, the larger the goal the larger the breakdown.  If you’re a leader, the way you handle those problems can

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

What Happens When Leadership Does Not Create a Corporate Culture?


I have worked as an executive and advisor to CEOs in variousindustries.  In either capacity, I have noticed a pattern.  One pattern is that high performing companies have a culture of high accountability.  Low performing organizations tend to have toxic cultures and confusion.  Nevertheless, effective leaders can always

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What Is Leadership?


Perhaps the shortest and easiest answer to “what is leadership?” is: there is no leadership.  At least there is no such thing as the archetypal leader who, as the dictionary says, “is the action of leading a group of people or an organization”.  Or it is said to be “a state or position of being the leader”.  What’s odd about the definitions is they are both

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What Does Your Intimate Life Have to Do with Your Professional Life?


On the surface, it would seem your professional and intimate lives are worlds apart.  However, when you peel back the layers, you find patterns that are mirrored in both.  For example, whatever upsets you in your personal life will upset you in the workplace, even if you are taught to suppress it at work.  Eventually those upsets will

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Here’s Why Leadership Books Will Never Make You a Great Leader


If you want to read about leadership, go into any bookstore.  Or search the Internet.  You’ll find millions of entries online and thousands of copies in bookstores.  And every book has the answer. They tell you to be a situational leader, primal leader, emotionally intelligent leader, servant leader and the list goes on.  Yet, many, many people still struggle with being an effective leader.  And even more people are

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Here’s Why Your Words Have No Power


When you learn your first language, it is to ensure you are able to communicate with others.  Before you learn a language, you cry to be fed or to have your diaper changed.  Language allows you to speak instead of cry.  Once language is acquired, most people use it to communicate what they want or don’t want.  Therefore, it is a tool.  However, it is one of the most

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Are Leaders Really Needed in Organizations?


Leadership.  Is it really essential to have leaders in an organization?  For the past few decades, there have been companies that have eliminated titles.  There are no CEOs, presidents or managers.  In some cases, there are no individual owners.  The employees own the company.  In today’s business model, some call it a

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Great Leaders Don’t Tell You What to Do


In many cases, people become managers because they solve problems better than others.  And problems solvers can be rather proud about telling others about how to implement solutions they have discovered.  While being a problem solver may be a normal path to management, it is a trap.  For those managers who move to senior management, being the best problem solver can become

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Here’s Why You Are Inadvertently a Huge Trump Supporter


Perhaps there has never been such disdain for a president of the US as there has been for President Trump.  While the majority of the US population voted for his opponent, Hilary Clinton, the electorate votes made Trump the winner.  Therefore, more than half of the US citizens opposed President Trump from the beginning.  Yet, in their desire to invalidate him, they will ensure he