Harness The Power of a Start-up… Even if You Aren’t in Start-up Mode

Have you ever been part of a start-up? Do you know people who have? Recently, I have had the opportunity to work with a group that is in this phase of their development as an organization. There are a lot of the attributes I see in them I want to borrow for my team.  »  Read More


Today’s Challenge: Mentoring That Works

Today post originally appeared on February 28, 2014

Virtually every week, I respond to a question submitted by a reader. I call the series Today’s Challenge. If you’re interested in past questions, and my responses, I’ve created a category on the sidebar to help you find these posts. Today’s question is: How do you make mentoring work?  »  Read More


The Irrational Power of the Calendar

I sometimes describe the calendar and the competing demands we face as a dragon that must be slain every day. On the days we prevail our influence increases. But the truth is, despite our best efforts, some days the dragon wins. Fortunately for us and those we lead, we have the opportunity to start fresh every day… but so does the dragon.  »  Read More


Be Careful Where You Aim – You Might Hit it There

When was the last time you took a vacation? This may seem like a random question, but it is not intended to be. One of the disciplines I have learned and had to relearn over the years is the value of getting away. Last week, I was able to spend a few days with my family at the beach. It was great! And as usual, even when I’m not working, I can still learn something…  »  Read More


The Invisible Force Behind Amazing Teams

This post originally appeared on January 20, 2012

For years, I attempted to learn what separated great teams from the not-so-good ones. All good teams have talented people, their goals are clear and they are well lead. But some teams transcend all the others. They are not simply good – they are great. So, what’s the difference? Here’s what we discovered: The invisible force behind all high performance teams is their sense of community.   »  Read More


One Word… Collaboration

Often, a single word or concept can make huge difference for leaders and their organizations. I’ve written about some of these in the past: Inspire, Team, Hope, Diversity, Momentum and more. Today, let’s take a look at a word that is certainly trending: Collaboration.  »  Read More

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