How to get the most out of these blog posts:
  • pick one that stands out for you.
  • think about it and start working on the suggested action steps today. 
  • when you have made progress and are ready - pick another one.
  • Tip: don't work on more than one at a time. You are busy. Trying to tackle several leadership issues at the same time will cause you to lose focus and energy and reduce your level of success. Take them one at a time - bite size. And make sure to feel good about the progress you make.


Time to Read: 1 min...   ​Happens all the time. You, or one of your team, suggests a new idea and another person immediately and assertively says “Yeah-but…”Yeah-but…We don’t have any budget ...more

Create an Updraft

Time to Read: 2 mins...   One of the requirements of effective leadership is to provide hope and encouragement. To boost your team’s confidence and help them see the pathway forward. ...more

A Heartfelt Thank You to the Jerks I have Worked For

Time to Read: 2 mins...   We've all had them.  Great leaders that inspire us, stretch us, and help us achieve things we never thought we could.  And...we've had bosses who don't ...more

An Extraordinary Film that Will Inspire You as a Leader

Time to Read: 1 min... Time for Video: 30 mins... Need a boost of confidence and energy? Here’s a film that I watch whenever I want to be reminded of ...more

10 Crucial Deliverables Your People Expect from You As a Leader – Or You’re Toast!!

Time to Read: 2 mins...   This post is based on an actual list of expectations 75 middle managers of a large company asked me to convey to their senior executives. ...more

How Will You Spend the Next Hour?

Time to Read: 1 min...   Every hour you spend in meetings maintaining the status quo is an hour spent as a manager. Every hour you spend enabling your people to challenge, ...more

Eagle, Duck, Turkey, or Vulture – How Do You Fly as a Leader?

Time to Read: 2 mins...   Leaders come in several types of feathers. Ducks are cute but paddle around in circles, turkeys don’t fly so good, and vultures are hated. Eagles, on the ...more

Learning 3D Chess

Time to Read: 2 mins...   Early in my career I had a sales manager named John who was a brilliant coach and developer of talent. There were eight of us ...more

Weirdest Memo Ever?

Time to Read: 2 mins...   The memo below is real.  It has parts redacted to mask the source.  But it is an actual memo that was distributed to all employees ...more

Which of These Timeless Mistakes Do You Make?

Time to Read: 1 min...   Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman statesman, orator, lawyer, and philosopher who died in 43 BC in the time of Julius Caesar.  Cicero famously recorded ...more