Put One Big Rock on Your Calendar

The end of this week is your last opportunity to put a big rock on next week’s calendar. Once day-to-day urgencies appear, they prevent you from accomplishing important tasks. You’ve been meaning to… Continue reading

Positive Discontent: How to Intervene Before Things Fall Apart

While he was on vacation, one manager’s team lost momentum. We discussed how to intervene before things fall apart. I gave him two phrases for reflection, protecting gains and positive discontent. “Protecting gains… Continue reading

Why You Need to Stop Fighting Arrogance

Arrogance is a beast that never tires, never stops, and can’t be defeated. It never compromises. Arrogance never cohabitates with your best self. Arrogance is an enemy that dilutes the joys of life… Continue reading

Four Dumb Things Smart Leaders Do That Hinder Employee Engagement

I was reminded, during a recent team meeting, that successful leadership is often about simple practices and straight-forward behaviors. If leadership practices are complicated, you’re doing it wrong. You don’t have to be… Continue reading

2 Ways to Build a High Ownership Culture

When ownership is low, getting things done is always hard. 7 signs you’re in a low ownership culture: Normal requests are greeted with moaning. It’s an ‘every person for themselves’ culture. Unhelpfulness is… Continue reading

How We Really Learn to Lead

You learn to lead the same way babies learn to walk, by observation, training, and experimentation. Development in any arena begins by seeing what’s possible. Moms and dads show children what’s possible. Michael… Continue reading