How to use Caution Like a Leader and Act with Discreet Boldness

Do something where failure matters. Too much caution results in inactive leadership. All leadership requires action. When I ask experienced leaders what they would do differently, they often say they would take more… Continue reading

3 People to Throw Off the Team

Teams have more potential than individuals, only if individual members make them function effectively. Danger: Poorly functioning teams: Waste time. Squander resources. Discourage talent. Drain organizational energy. The power of one: One distracting… Continue reading

25 CEOs List 20 Things that Keep them up at Night

I had dinner last evening with 25 CEOs. Before dinner, each one answered the question, “What keeps you up at night?” Here’s a sampling from the conversation. Growing small and sticking to our… Continue reading

How to Create Organizational Vitality and Be a Place Where People Love Coming to Work

People struggle and sink when environments feel like death. 7 signs your organization is sick: Low performers are protected. Anyone who isn’t growing, needs to go. Coach them up or out.  Secrets saturate… Continue reading

4 Ways to Get Real with Weaknesses so You can Hire the Best People and Maximize Strengths

Everyone who’s remarkable at something is really lousy at many things. Don’t let this stop you from attempting great things, but keep it in mind the next time you’re frustrated with teammates. Highly… Continue reading

3 Strategies that Minimize Hierarchy and Maximize Speed and Agility

Think of organizations as human bodies, not hierarchical pyramids. Bodies are agile. Pyramids house the dead. Organizational leaders try to increase speed and agility by removing layers from pyramids. But removing layers –… Continue reading