Leaders: Sometimes There Aren’t Enough Rocks

Being a child of the 60’s I love the movie “Forrest Gump”. It was on cable recently, cycling through the home spun wisdom of the south and reflecting on the troubling times of the age. There are many classic scenes throughout the movie. There is one that touches me every time I see it. Forrest and […]

Leaders: Are You Disturbed?

Disturbed leadership

The meeting had been going on for a few minutes, when a junior executive rushed in, late. The boss looked up and glared. The junior said “excuse me, I didn’t mean to disturb.” The executive grinned and said, “No problem, I’ve been disturbed for quite some time.” There were uncomfortable chuckles. What can you make […]

Get Your Leadershift in Gear

Get your shift together

Gen. Eisenhower

Leadership means different things to different people. Not all managers are good leaders, but good leaders usually manage well too. Management is about control. You can control quality, time, and money. Each one of these has a direct impact on the other two. It’s a delicate balancing act. For example, increased quality often requires more […]

Independence Day

Overcoming a personal foe

independence day

Tomorrow is July 4th. In the U.S. we call it Independence Day. It is a good time to reflect on the real meaning of deep, personal independence. I love this picture showing the dawning of a new day. When we declare independence, there is a new day, a fresh beginning. Independence implies a freeing from […]

Can I develop leadership qualities and skills through books and practice?

Growing Leadership

Being an executive coach puts me in front of audiences and the frequent inquiries from followers. This post is in reference to a simple question I received not long ago. Can I develop leadership qualities and skills through books and practice? My answer, absolutely! Books are a great place to start. Books can help increase the leadership […]

Are You Managing Your World or is Your World Managing You?

Simple ways to recalibrate

managing world

For everyone in leadership, you need to take a pause from time to time to make some key assessments. I like to call it recalibration. Let’s face it, the demands on your time and your life can get overwhelming. In today’s tumultuous market, we really never know from day to day what next may come.

Leadership: Shining Light v Casting Darkness

“The beatings will continue until morale improves.” Heard that before? How often have you worked for a boss who operated that way? It’s not fun. Actually, it’s a horrible environment to suffer. Yet, work we must, and sometimes it comes out this way. Despite all of the great teachings about leadership, the effective demonstration of it […]

Navigating the 3C’s of Leadership for the Millennial

While there are many great qualities a leader may possess, I believe there are three leadership skills young leaders should consider. This tripod of leadership skill development can serve as the foundation to which young leaders can navigate the role of “leader.” Competence Leaders need to be competent within their area of responsibility. They do […]