Category Archive: Personal Growth

Under-Whelming Advice from a former CEO of Southwest Airlines

I’m still grappling with Jim Parker’s advice. He was the CEO of Southwest Airlines during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Jim said, “I don’t think I smiled for two years.” When… Continue reading

Why Leadership Development is Superficial and How to Fix It

You’re missing the point if all you want to do is become a better leader. Your vision is puny. Maybe you’re self-centered. My passion: Developing leaders is a secondary passion in my life.… Continue reading

The Myth of the Magic Bullet: 7 Things to Do When Progress is Slow

Progress is like learning to walk. You stumble forward, then you skin your knee. There’s no quick fix to the challenges of leadership. And thinking there is makes stumbling harder. The path forward… Continue reading

What the CEO of Microsoft Pursues that Average Leaders Neglect

The difference between average leaders and exceptional leadership is heart. Heartless leaders are deformed beasts that excuse abuse in the name of results. Empathy: Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, pursues empathy. His pursuit… Continue reading

Getting the Most from the Best Super Bowl Commercial of 2019

This year’s batch of Super Bowl commercials was under-whelming. Even though CBS charged $175,000 a second, or $5.25 million for a 30 second spot. Even Steve Carrell couldn’t save Pepsi’s commercial this year. See,… Continue reading

Why Lousy Leaders Succeed

The worst result of bad leaders is they deflate the drive to be good. Why try, if lousy leaders succeed? A few weeks back a reader asked why bad leaders succeed. His question… Continue reading