Category Archive: Marks of leaders

What you know makes you dumb

Peter Drucker said, “Far too many people – especially people with great expertise in one area-are contemptuous of knowledge in other areas or believe that being bright is a substitute for knowledge.” Leaders… Continue reading

The Greatest Leadership Challenges

Last Thursday I asked this question over in the Leadership Freak Coffee Club, “What are the greatest challenges of Leadership?” Here are a few responses from that lively conversation. Stop managing when you… Continue reading

If I could do it all again

American humorist Dave Barry said, “You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.” Ouch! Looking back with regret doesn’t help, looking back to learn does. If I could take… Continue reading

Is overconfidence defeating you?

Marshall Goldsmith’s research indicates 80% to 85% of successful executives rate themselves in the top 20% of their peer group. Additionally, 70% rate themselves in the top 10%. It doesn’t take a mathematical… Continue reading

How to rule out rules?

Having rules is safe. Rules protect Rules simplify Rules create consistent Rules maintain predictability Not having rules is dangerous. Rules mask individuality Rules stifle creativity Rules kill vitality In my opinion, rules are… Continue reading

Beating skeptics

Every leader faces skeptics. It’s normal, in some cases healthy. You build bridges to skeptics when you: Get to the point I’m skeptical of people that never get to the point. It feels… Continue reading