The Value of the Vision

The Value of the Vision

A little known act during World War II highlights the value of vision for our teams, and why we should treat it like a precious metal.

Lines for Leaders: Control Freak

Lines for Leaders - Control Feak

Coach Tom Landry was famous for his stoic expression on the sidelines no matter what was happening on the field; here’s what he said about leadership under pressure.

Lines for Leaders: Rocket Surgeon

Lines for Leaders - Rocket Surgeon

He struggled to lead his team to land a rover on Mars; here’s what this ‘rocket surgeon’ learned about getting his people to work together.

Delegate Better: Three Ways to Get the Results You Want

Delegate Better - 3 Ways to Get the Results You Want

To delegate better, it helps to put more energy into the start of the process. With the help of a story about a naturalist stranded on a frozen lake in the Canadian sub-arctic, here are three ways to begin so that we get what we need at the end.

Team Leadership: 4 Simple Steps to Getting Stuff Done

“Can Team Leadership really be boiled down into four steps?” Leaders are always busy, and whatever we are involved with, things only seem to grow more complicated over time.  As complexity grows, it can help to view our roles as leaders in the simplest terms possible. What should we be doing right now?  What should […]

The Role of Fear in Leadership: Is it Better to be Feared or Loved as a Leader?

The Role of Fear in Leadership

Is it better to be feared or loved as a leader? It’s an age-old question that seems to keep cropping up.  Authoritative writers talk about how leaders need to be open, transparent, empathetic, and willing to listen.  Yet like the Humble Leader Paradox, if that’s the way you act, great, but what’s to keep people […]

Creating Unexpected Wins: Leadership Lessons from “Team Short People”

Creating Unexpected Wins: Leadership Lessons from "Team Short People"

[Guest Post*]   Everyone loves an underdog story, but much of the time, we only perceive the underdogs as such because we are overlooking the strengths that really matter. In the story of David and Goliath, the fact is, much of David’s unexpected win boils down to the fact that his sling was more powerful […]

Disrupting the Routine: 7 Ways to Change for the Good

Disrupt the Routine

There are some who will tell you, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  I don’t necessarily agree.  “Functioning” doesn’t always mean “fully optimized,” and without change, we risk falling into a rut, losing perspective, and falling behind. To grow and stay competitive, you have to change.  Here’s why it’s important to disrupt the routine […]

Book Notes: Bunker Hill – Right Vision, Wrong Goal

Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick

Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish.  If you like historical non-fiction that reads like a novel, this is a great one to add to your library. Aside from telling the fascinating story of the events leading up to the American Revolution, there was something near the end […]

9 Things You are Doing that Really Infuriate the Boss

infuriate the boss

Wondering what it is you did to infuriate the boss? The boss just always seems to be mad at you.  You’re trying to lead your team the best you can, but every time you turn around he’s in your face about something. You might be thinking, “What’s his problem?” But it might be something you are […]