Category: Leadership Excellence

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…)

Clarity. Alignment. Intensity. Neat words, right?

Microsoft realized it was time to step it up. Re-energize how it does business. So a few years back it ushered in Satya Nadella as its new CEO. Only the third CEO since the company launched.  (more…)

Perfect Labor Day gift. I spent a few days last week on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with the Leadership Team of a global manufacturing company that makes microwave filters and switches for microwave signal routing. (more…)

I wait in a TSA line at LaGuardia Airport, inching my way toward the front, when I notice a man and a woman. They stand next to each other, laughing, bantering back and forth. The man takes the palm of his right hand, playfully places it on the woman’s forehead for a quick second.

Give me some of that energy, he says and withdraws the hand. (more…)

It may sound like an academic question. It isn’t.

Which of your personal assets make your colleagues, clients, team want to follow you? Is it your warmth? Is it your competence?

The answer – duh – is both. But here’s the differentiating part: With the HAPPY WARRIOR, both are EQUALLY expressed.  (more…)

It happened last week while I was in Europe.

Soccer fever fired up my heart. The European Championships in full bloom.

My 91-year-old mom and me, howling at the tv screen in her living room, cheering the German team. The joys of soccer run deep in my family. Decades of tv watching with mom and dad and my brother Thomas. Yup, sweet. (more…)

I was in Europe last Friday when Brexit results were announced.

I’m not here to pass judgment on whether the Brits got it right or wrong. The EU is an exquisite political dream. Yet many things are wrong with the present-state EU.

Watching Europe’s political leaders react? Now that was excruciatingly wrong in so many more ways.
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