Category Archives: Leadership

Leadership Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

As I sit here in the Houston area surrounded by catastrophe, I can’t help but think about these events through the lens of leadership lessons. Eventually, the experts will publish facts on the human toll and financial cost of this … Continue reading

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Leadership is for the Courageous

As a leader, you set a vision, rally energy into that vision, and remove obstacles. The vision you establish should be bold, which requires taking risk. Try making a bold vision without risk, and you’ll end up with a cowardly vision that inspires no … Continue reading

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Transparency and Directness

Leaders focus finite resources onto specific actions and goals.  When goals are difficult and resources are scarce (always!), there can be zero tolerance for noise. What is noise?  Anything that jeopardizes the efficiency of those scarce resources in accomplishing their … Continue reading

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Real Leaders Drive Towards the Goal

Constantly challenge yourself and your team to stop doing what is convenient or expected, and instead do what is necessary Continue reading

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The Trap of Likability

There are a number of traps that immature leaders fall into. Few are as prevalent and detrimental as the leader who wants to be liked. They think that being a leader is like being class president – being charismatic and … Continue reading

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Never Confuse Progress with Winning

Everyone likes a winner.  In sports, the teams that consistently win will enjoy a more loyal fan base.  Last year’s 1-11 team that finishes 3-9 this year has enjoyed a 200% increase in their wins, yet their fan base is … Continue reading

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How to Soar During Times of Upheaval

During times of chaotic change, most people in the workplace will retract into their shell in a defensive posture and wait.  We wait for the layoffs to cease. We wait for the organizational announcements to settle down. We wait for the … Continue reading

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