Category Archive: Marks of leaders

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

Connecting the good with the bad

One well timed conversation can change a person’s life. Last night I had a conversation with a young leader hungry to have an impact. Here’s a way you can approach these critical conversations.… Continue reading

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question

What I learned from QBQ! Blaming others is a powerful source of unhappiness and bitterness. Blaming propagates victim thinking and victims feel pushed around by others and circumstances. John Miller’s book “QBQ,” can… Continue reading

How to matter?

Good one-word definitions say enough.  John Maxwell defines leadership as, “Influence.”  His full definition is:  “Leadership is influence: nothing more, nothing less.” For the moment, I’ll stick with, “Leadership is influence.” I believe… Continue reading