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3 Mar, 2016

Leadership Thought #403 – What Makes A Great President

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:38+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role|2 Comments

In less than two months we will have a presidential election here in the United States. Billions of dollars have been spent trying to influence voters to lean one way or another. Interestingly enough a majority of people will simply vote their party line and put very little effort into understanding the position of the other candidate or their leadership abilities. As a result, a comparatively small number of swing voters in an equally small number of states will end up deterring the final outcome. As someone who certainly has a strong sense of party loyalty but has crossed party lines on many occasions this has always frustrated me. No one party has the market cornered on good ideas or is the sole wellspring of capable leaders - the history of our nation has proven this. I have spent considerable time studying leadership and observing leaders. I also enjoy reading about the presidency and the 43 occupants of the oval office. In my humble opinion, the most successful presidents have exhibited the following traits:

5 Feb, 2016

Leadership Thought #458 – Questions To Ask Your Potential Executive Coach

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:39+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Business, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|2 Comments

Regrettably, I am in a profession where there are minimal barriers to entry and just about anyone (within reason) can claim to do what I do. Just about every week, I meet another person who is billing themselves as a business coach or executive coach and charging a considerable amount of money for something they have no business doing in the first place. More often than not, it is someone who has been downsized from an existing position or exiting a failed business endeavor, an individual who has hit a career brick wall themselves, an academic with free time on his/her hands, an independent consultant looking to supplement their income, or a psychotherapist who has figured out they can charge more money if they change the title of what they do. I shutter sometimes when I think about the bad advice which is regularly disseminated to executives and business owner by often well-intentioned, but under-skilled or poorly trained business coaches. Here are a few questions I recommend you ask before working with someone in this capacity:

18 Jan, 2016

Martin Luther King as A Leader

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:39+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|3 Comments

Donald T. Phillips in his wonderful book, Martin Luther King on Leadership, does a nice job providing significant detail as to why Martin Luther King (MLK) was a great leader. We often focus on the rhetoric and powerful speeches that he gave, but there is so much more substance to the man than just what he had to say.

17 Dec, 2015

Leadership Thought #267 – Happiness Comes From Within

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:40+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Personal, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Life|5 Comments

Life can be a roller coaster at times. There will be highs and there will be lows. The important thing is not to overreact or think that everything has to be perfect all the time. Perspective is important. There is no silver bullet. There is nothing you can buy or pill you can take that will make you happy for any extended period.

20 Nov, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:41+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Miscellaneous, Personal, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I've always looked forward to Thanksgiving Day. It is one of my favorite holidays of the year. The combination of the food, the parade, football and most importantly family makes it a special day. It begins the countdown to Christmas and marks the start of celebrating the end of another year. I certainly have alot to be thankful for and feel blessed to be so fortunate.

1 Nov, 2015

Daily Leadership Thought #73 – 7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Making Any Big Life Decisions

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:41+00:00 November 1st, 2015|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Life|0 Comments

In business and in life it's very important to know who you truly are before you attempt anything dramatic. There are so many messages out there telling us who we ought to be that we sometimes get caught up in a web of self-deceit because that's what we think we should be doing.

4 Sep, 2015

Leadership Thought #209 – 15 Things Employers and Employees Can Do To Make Work More Enjoyable

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:43+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|1 Comment

As we approach another Labor Day it's actually depressing how many people dread going to work. I've ready many different statistics some saying as much as 90% of people are unhappy with their job. Since we spend a significant part of our adult life working, this means that most people will spend a good deal of time unhappy or uninspired in their career. I have a hard time getting my head wrapped around this issue. Why would either party to the relationship accept this reality? I guess that is why individuals change jobs so frequently these days. They are searching for something the data says they have little chance of ever finding.

19 Aug, 2015

Leadership Thought #478 – When Technology Tools Can Become A Liability

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:46+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

I remember when cell phones were a bit of a novelty but then became a regular everyday tool. It was almost as if the world couldn’t have existed without them (but it did). Many technology tools have arrived since then and followed the same trajectory of becoming completely indispensable until something better came along. Now […]

17 Jul, 2015

Leadership Thought #477 – Eight Mistakes Leaders Make That Get Them In Trouble

By | 2017-05-08T17:15:46+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Business, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|1 Comment

As the saying goes, “sometimes we are our own worst enemy.”  I’ve seen many a good leader go down a “rat trap” of their own making.  Often this is done with the best of intentions, but the results usually have nothing to with the original intention behind them. The following eight leadership mistakes happen much more […]