Reflecting on September 11, 2001: If It is Not Making the World a Better Place It Should Not Be Called The New Normal

Reflecting on September 11, 2001: If It is Not Making the World a Better Place It Should Not Be Called The New Normal

I wrote this piece on September 9th of last year. I found myself reading it recently, in anticipation of the anniversary of the events that took place 17 years ago. I feel the same today as I did when I wrote this, and wanted to re-share it as we all remember 9/11:

"Heroic Acts" Should Not Be the Team Norm

"Heroic Acts" Should Not Be the Team Norm

Battlefield to boardroom comparisons are useful because the battlefield shows us, in the most dramatic fashion, the consequences of poor leadership.

Leaders Don't Waste Time With Assumptions and Judgement

Leaders Don't Waste Time With Assumptions and Judgement

If you are a leader, you lead everywhere, not just the work place. Leaders don’t act on limited, incomplete, or irrelevant information. If something is important enough to act on then they get the information they need to make an informed, unemotional decision. This is true in the work place, at home, with friends, and when we hear or read something me may initially and instinctively disagree with. Your decision-making process as a leader is your decision-making process always. If you think you can parse it out to different situations in your life you are kidding yourself, you can’t.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Act Like a Mother

Want To Be a Great Leader? Act Like a Mother

When children are in distress, they yell, “I want my Mommy!” There is a reason they do that. Because the mother leads. The mother sets and enforces guidelines. The mother establishes all the little things that make up a culture. Everyone in the family knows what the mother means when she says, “This is not how we do business around here.”

It Doesn’t Matter If Your Employees Like Their Job

It Doesn’t Matter If Your Employees Like Their Job

People may not care about the actual function of the organization, but they do care about how people speak to one another. They care about people being sensitive to one another’s feelings. They care about having their voice heard. They care about people respecting their time. They care about not having to listen to rude or off-color jokes. They care about the harm gossip creates. They care about the negative impact of favoritism and cliques.

Bureaucracy and the Poor Leadership Excuse

Bureaucracy and the Poor Leadership Excuse

Leaders de-centralize the decision-making process and create an environment of autonomy and initiative which will thrive in spite of growth and multiple tiers of leadership in the organizational chart.

Under Stress You Go To What You Know. What Do You Know?

Under Stress You Go To What You Know. What Do You Know?

Is this remedy perfect? Probably not. But it’s predictable and it is a place I go under stress because I know it intimately at this point in my life. It provides me certainty. I may not be certain how the situation will turn out, but I’m certain about how I’m going to handle it. In the end, this is better than just hoping things will work out because hope is not a process or strategy.

Leadership and Breaking Through the Fluff: Being In the Moment

Leadership and Breaking Through the Fluff: Being In the Moment

Hard truth alert: you are NOT that important, and you are NOT so busy. This is where I may lose some of you because this hard truth forces us to check our ego, which is something many will not do. Hence, the precious commodity that is the ego-less leader.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Lower Your Bar

Want To Be a Great Leader? Lower Your Bar

This is not an article calling for you to put in place my guidelines to start your leadership journey. It’s a call for you, as a leader, to think, put your ego aside, and evaluate all the little things that could be improved about your team.

Don't Let Your Prideful Streak Get You Killed ... Literally

Don't Let Your Prideful Streak Get You Killed ... Literally

Pride will kill you, both figuratively and literally, if you don’t keep it in check.

A Letter From My Father

A Letter From My Father

I pray I can be half the father to my children my father was to me. Please enjoy how a real Dad got it done.

Want to Find the Way to Motivation and Inner Strength? Think “ME” First.

Want to Find the Way to Motivation and Inner Strength? Think “ME” First.

Once we decide, consciously, how we act and react the sky is the limit to what we will achieve. If you can’t find the motivation in mastering yourself before anything else, well, I’m not sure where you can find it then.

Want to be a Great Leader? Take an Ice Bath

Want to be a Great Leader? Take an Ice Bath

Is the ice bath a metaphor for being in the moment in life? No. It’s a reality. When you can get to a calm, comfortable place in an ice bath because you are focused on only what you are doing in that moment, suddenly it isn’t so hard to recognize when you are “multi-tasking” and doing two, or more, things badly.

Where the Fear Lies: A Memorial Day Thought

Where the Fear Lies: A Memorial Day Thought

I believe my reflections on fear explain why I get so emotional on Memorial Day. It reminds me that our fallen felt fear…but they went anyway. They had thoughts about the consequences of going…but they went anyway. They realized the consequences of going could alter, and end, their lives…but they went anyway. They realized recognition and praise for what they were about to do would go largely unrealized…but they went anyway.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Stop Acting Like a White Belt

Want To Be a Great Leader? Stop Acting Like a White Belt

Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful metaphor for leadership and life. Have a plan but have contingencies. Don’t get hung up over something that didn’t work out quite right. Execute your contingency plan and move on. Review what went wrong and how you will improve next time after the fact.

Everyone Must Have Glue on Them

Everyone Must Have Glue on Them

Of course, some people provide more value than others. Of course, some people need more guidance than others. This is not the point. The point is to get glue on everyone so the overall effort, and the subsequent success of the effort, is more than just the presence of one or two superstars.