Category Archive: Leading

When Failure Matters

The self-defense instructor taught us to escape first. But if you can’t escape, put your back up against the wall or find a corner to stand in. Attackers can’t surround you – vulnerabilities… Continue reading

Slackers, Lions, and Leadership

Talking without action is meaningless babble. Successful leaders connect with doers. “Do” your way out of problems, challenges, and adversity. Talking helps but only when it focuses on effective, efficient action. An ancient… Continue reading

Fitting In AND Standing Out

When I was young fitting in meant becoming what others expected. Now I know, fitting in requires knowing yourself not losing yourself. Leaders and managers who help people fit in create dynamic organizations.… Continue reading

A Horse With No Legs

Great goals are great beginnings but goals alone never reach great endings. “Move beyond goals; focus on specific tasks.” Dean Brenner in “Share the Sandbox” A goal without action items is a horse… Continue reading

How to Destroy Teams and Become Losers

Image source Terrible teams are easy; great teams rare. Great teams do two things. First, people working together achieve things individuals can’t; they achieve more together. Second, Teams that work – work at… Continue reading

An Olympic Chairman on Finding Your Voice

I was fortunate to have a conversation with the Chairman and Team Leader of the US Olympic Sailing Program, Dean Brenner. He’s founder of the Latimer Group and recently authored, “Sharing the Sandbox.” Unexpected:… Continue reading