Category: Leadership Excellence

The right book, the right time. It arrived the final day of 2016. It frames the perfect success opportunity for 2017.

Tom Asacker’s I Am Keats. (more…)

End of year.

Facebook is concocting “Favorite Moments of 2016” videos for its users. Fun. Frivolous. 2 F-words I love. The easy ones. (more…)

There’s context, and there’s CONTEXT.

Granular HYPER-CONTEXT.

Context creates expectation AND anticipation in any conversation.  (more…)

I am happy for you. Powerful words, right?

And my two favorite variations:
I am so pleased for you (a bit more cautious).
I am thrilled for you (yes, over the top).
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This is a different kind of Energy Boost. I think of it as the Thanksgiving Special.

It’s a milestone week for me, and I want to celebrate a little. With deep gratitude – to you, and to the many amazing colleagues and clients who got me here. (more…)

Shock. And shock. More shock.

A US president-elect who by most everyone’s moral compass engages in objectionable business practices, routinely resorts to offensive rhetoric, flaunts ignorance of complex issues, displays no signs of self-mastery. (more…)

I spent four days in Chicago last month, hosting a leadership program. I enjoyed my group immensely. The energy was good.

That’s my language of choice. I’m a personal-energy-guy. I love “good energy.”  (more…)

It’s a bruising paradigm.

We expect a leader to have answers. The level of your leadership pay is commensurate with the expectation that you execute strategy and don’t make a mistake. An apology is a very public acknowledgment of having erred. (more…)

Cool when science catches up with what we already know.

That occurs to me as I flip through the latest article by Sue Shellenbarger, my favorite Wall Street Journal columnist (It’s Not Copying, It’s Connecting, We’re Networking. WSJ 9/21/16).  (more…)

Hustle and hubbub at the DMEXCO tradeshow in Cologne. As I enter a large tent a little off to the side, the noise subsides. A panel of women is talking about success. I slink onto a barstool and listen.

I like to make decisions, a panelist says.  (more…)