success

The Surf is Up Before the Tsunami v2.0

  There is an old Beach Boys song with this lyric. “The surf is up before the tsunami.” It makes me think of a phenomenon I have seen time and again in business. After almost 20 years in commercial banking, I saw a lot of highs and lows with my […]

In Decision Making: Is It Requirement or Desirement?

There’s a decision to be made. You weigh the options and ask for more information. Then it’s time to choose. But wait. Is the thing you have to decide a requirement or a desirement? Decision making can get clouded by issues or priorities that are more a desire than a […]

Here’s a Powerful Formula for GREAT Success

In the fast-paced world of business, it’s easy to lose sight of your most valuable principles. Even the best of leaders get overwhelmed with progress happening at what seems like the speed of light. As I visit with leaders at all levels, I find a need to return to a […]

lonely island

Leaders: Feeling Isolated? Maybe You Dug the Moat

When I hear executives or entrepreneurs say they feel isolated, like standing on an island, I often ask how did you get there? Sometimes you may be the one who dug the moat providing the divide between you and everyone else. A Story I know a very successful executive who […]

My seat on the bus

Here’s the View from My Seat on the Bus

Occasionally I like to just share some thoughts about what I see going on around me. Maybe nobody cares. Yet maybe just one someone does care; like the story of the starfish. (You may have heard this one before.) Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go […]

people skills

One Hurdle Some Leaders Can’t Overcome

Cracking the code on effective leadership includes a wide range of attributes and considerations. With all the combinations of factors making a great leader, there is one set of personality traits that I find the most challenging for some clients to adjust. You seldom hear the words “introvert” and “leader” […]

How to Be a Good Coaching Client

Executive coaching is growing in popularity. Former stigmas associated with having a coach are evaporating. There once was a time when Boards only hired coaches to “fix” someone. Now, very successful executives are hiring coaches to grow even further than before. Companies are embracing coaching as ways to leverage their […]

New leadership

Leaders: There’s a New Way to Understand Change

At a recent luncheon, I was involved in a discussion that I find becoming more common. The topic was this: Change Management is old news. The argument says the way we once understood change management has been overcome by several new and more complex drivers in business. Here are some […]

Are We Being Big Data Stupid?

The biggest buzzword in Human Resources these days seems to be “Big Data”—the idea that we can now gather so much complex information about our workforce processes and can churn that data into a meaningful analysis that will help us better manage our business. Like our federal government, however, we […]

Business leader

Suit Up, Show Up, and Shut Up

Suit Up, Show Up, and Shut Up – Three wise words shared with Mothers of the Groom for wedding planning and etiquette. A friend whose son was getting married recently shared this with me. I had heard it before but had forgotten the teaching. It sounds cruel but it has merit in the situation. […]