Good to Great - Jim Collins

There is a good reason that Jim Collins’ book Good to Great is a #1 best seller with over 3 million copies sold.  It is jam-packed with revealing detail and captivating examples of what it took for some companies to rise

Vision Statement

A vision statement is supposed to be like the North Star, serving as a light that guides your organization into the future.  Today we’re going to talk about how you can put together a great vision statement that unifies and

Drive - Daniel Pink

Give people more money and they will perform better right? Actually, no. Daniel Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, throws cold water in the face of standard management thinking. In fact, he lists seven reasons why the reward/punishment

Constructive Feedback

You know, one of the first counseling sessions I received as a leader was also one of the toughest.  I learned that I was falling short of my commander’s expectations in several ways, and it was hurting the team.  When

How to be Humble

Early in his life, Benjamin Franklin fell into conversation with a friend of his. As Franklin retells the story in his autobiography, “a Quaker Friend…kindly inform’d me that I was generally thought proud.” The Friend went on to describe Franklin’s behavior

Book Notes - Quiet - The Power of Introvers in a World That Can't Stop Talking

You are a member of a small group of survivors that has just crash-landed a float plane in remote sub-arctic Canada. You have been able to salvage 15 items from the plane, but you can’t take all of them with

Do the Hustle

Dance class is over, and looking back I realize that our instructor did not do as advertised. When we signed up and paid our fee, it was to learn the basics of the Swing, Cha-cha, Tango, and Foxtrot. These he

Backwards Planning

The first time I heard the term “backwards planning” I thought it was a mistake.  The last thing I wanted was to be backwards about my planning.  But that’s not what they meant at all.  Today we’ll talk about what

Feel Sorry on your Own Time

The football arcs high above the field seemingly in slow motion, reaching its zenith, then nosing over and beginning its plummet to the field below. On the 15 yard line the rookie receiver waits. No fair catch – he’s got

Pre-Execution Checklist

Have you ever been getting ready to do something important, then forgot to take care of one critical thing?  That almost happened to me a couple weeks ago.  Fortunately, there was a technique we used that saved us some embarrassment

Constructive Feedback

Having lived in 19 places in my life (so far), I’ve been in my share of churches, but the one we go to now has always struck me as being a little more organized and better run than most.  Recently

Leader Perspective

You know, I was hiking this beautiful fall day, and it got me thinking.  The trails here in Pennsylvania are rocky, you really have to watch where you put your feet or you could twist an ankle.  The problem is

Boost Your Confidence

The air is screaming by outside at 120 miles an hour, the ground is receding in the distance, and the weight of your parachute and equipment seems to be pulling you down.   Your heart rate is up, there’s a little

Start With Why - Simon Sinek

How is it that that Toyota and Honda were able to expand into the luxury car market successfully, but Volkswagen was not?  Why is Apple able to remain so innovative in so many different areas of the market for so

Leadership is challenging enough when you know what you are doing.  But when your teammates happen to have more knowledge or experience than you do, it can get a little tricky, especially in the early days. It’s OK, though –

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