Most of us know what is required to: Earn the promotion Start the business Write the book Lose the weight Stop the bad habit We rarely lack access to information. Often, we are just afraid. Some fear the disappointment of failure. Some fear the embarrassment of asking for help. Some fear the responsibility of success.… Continue reading What are you afraid of?
Your body uses micro-expressions to reconcile inconsistency between your words and your thoughts. Most micro-expressions occur in the eye region. Detection is usually subconscious. This is why professional poker players wear sunglasses or a hat to shade their eyes. Said differently, people can sense when their leader is inauthentic. Even if they can't articulate what… Continue reading Leadership Micro-expressions
On the surface this may seem like mere semantics; a play on words. You know TO-MAY-TOE vs. TO-MOT-TOE. For me the difference is much more significant. When I was a junior, I earned our high school's coveted honor of being the only non-senior to start for that year’s varsity basketball team. I was not the… Continue reading Playing to Win; or Playing Not to Lose?
Commit to being better than you were yesterday.Do more than what is necessary.Redefine what is possible.Move the curve far beyond what others can attain.If detractors gossiped about you yesterday, give them real problems to talk about today.Require peers to pick up their pace or get lapped - BADLY.Refuse to slow down so others can "look good for… Continue reading Today!
Occasionally I turn to NPR as a break from the sound of my own brain being sucked out of my ears by continuous mind-numbing advertisement and bubblegum laced popular music. In 2013, I happened across a half-hour initerview with Pulitzer Prize-wining author Anne Applebaum promoting her book, “Iron Curtain,”. For forty-five seconds, I listened to… Continue reading The Leadership Lessons from Stalinist Art
Do you remember that kid in grade school who raised their hand to answer every question; who would remind the teacher to assign homework; who challenged every A- or B assignment grade they received? For me in fourth grade that kid was Ted D.Chances are you can remember having; or being Ted in school. Many classmates had a… Continue reading Messing Up the Curve
For those in leadership, have you ever wondered to yourself, “Does it really matter?” I am sure you work really hard at your job. We all work really hard at our jobs. Most of us, with any fortune will move on to other roles; or we will promote people from our team to larger responsibilities on other… Continue reading Does Your Leadership Matter?
Apathy Is On the Rise! Employee Engagement at All-time Low! Today's Workers Lack Innovation! Headlines like these cause concern for those in leadership who are accountable to shareholders, investors, founders or consumers to deliver improved ....results, quality, performance or anything that relies on people for success. Every business, non-profit agency and educational institution is learning that… Continue reading Calling All Leaders!
While working in Atlanta in 2013, I stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn. The free cook to order breakfast is hard to resist. While in line, I searched for the list of ingredients to request for my omelet (sometimes I feel like all veggies; sometimes just mushroom and cheese). The guest before me returned to… Continue reading It’s Only a Broken Yolk.
Look around and answer this question. Are you living up to your maximized potential, or are you coasting on natural abilities? There is a difference. I believe God gives each of us natural abilities; some sort of specialness that only we have. But he does not expect that to be the end of the story.… Continue reading Return on Potential