Category Archive: Purpose

How to be a Badass Without Becoming a Jerk-hole

You can’t succeed as a leader if your need to be liked exceeds your drive to achieve. There are three options in the tension between results and relationships. Results without relationships. (Jerk-hole.) Results… Continue reading

Secret Sauce: What I Learned from the Chief Learning Officer at SAP

Listening to learn expands your influence. Reflection solidifies learning. I’m reflecting on what I learned from Jenny Dearborn, SVP and CLO at SAP. When I asked Jenny Dearborn for her Secret Sauce, she… Continue reading

7 Secrets to High Performance

Challenges to high performance include entitlement, unfocused energy, and soul-sucking systems. Questions that expose high performers: #1 What makes you think you want to be a high performer? It helps to know why… Continue reading

How to Start the Week Like a Leader

Everything goes dark if you leave organizational culture to chance. You’re responsible for the way it feels to be on your team. Purpose: Purpose expands the world. Yes, you want to make a… Continue reading

Secret Sauce: Jenny Dearborn Chief Learning Officer of SAP

I asked Jenny Dearborn, SVP and Chief Learning Officer of SAP, to talk about her secret sauce* – the principles and practices that guide her leadership. “It’s my deepest responsibility to give purpose,… Continue reading

The Feeling of an Organization is Leadership’s Responsibility

The feeling of an organization is leadership’s responsibility. Left to chance, the lights go out. Organizational morale evaluates leadership. I’ve seen people smile, wave, and shout, “Hey,” when leaders walk through a plant.… Continue reading