Excel at Execution

When researching Chess Not Checkers, one of the truths that emerged almost immediately was the widely know fact: High Performance Organizations Excel at Execution. Although the chess analogy offered little opportunity to share football analogies, once Randy Gravitt and I began writing the Field Guide, we knew we would include some reference to Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.   »  Read More

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Today’s Challenge: Keeping Your Bench Engaged

One of our discoveries as we studied High Performance Organizations was the strength and depth of their leadership bench. This is not an easy task to accomplish. As we began sharing this idea with other leaders, a question quickly emerged: How do you keep those on the bench engaged?  »  Read More

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Daily Dose of Vision

Vision leaks. This is one of many leadership lessons Bill Hybels has taught me over the years. Tragically, many leaders miss this elemental truth. I guess the mistake is explainable, but not excusable. The logic goes something like this: Since the vision is still burning white hot in our spirit, we make the fatal assumption it is still vibrant in the hearts and minds of those we are attempting to lead. Wrong!  »  Read More

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Win The Heart

In Chess Not Checkers, I wrote about the most misunderstood and overlooked facet of creating a High Performance Organization: Win the Heart. Leaders mistakenly believe the “soft stuff” will derail their efforts to achieve the organization’s goals – nothing could be further from the truth!  »  Read More

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Today’s Challenge: Team Huddles

Most sports teams have huddles. These huddles may be formal or informal, sometimes they are during the action and at other times, they are in between plays. There is a little known, and less often practiced, discipline among many successful organizations: team huddles. Today’s Challenge question: How do I make my team huddles add value?  »  Read More

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If You Can’t Communicate, You Can’t Lead (Part 2)

Communication is key to a leader’s success. In a recent post, I reviewed some of the reasons it is extremely difficult to communicate well. My list of contributing factors included: scope, time pressures, bias and complexity. Regardless of the difficulties, leaders must learn to communicate.  »  Read More

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