Leadership Development

The Post-It Note that Made Me a Better Leader

Lots of people put Post-It notes on their monitor to remind them of important stuff.  Mostly passwords they can’t remember. I only have one. It has two words written on it in black ink. “WAKE  UP”. Your first thought might be that I have a problem with nodding off during mind-numbing conference calls, (I sometimes Continue reading The Post-It Note that Made Me a Better Leader

Three Treasures to Hold and Keep

“I have three treasures which I hold and keep. The first is mercy; the second is economy; the third is daring not to be ahead of others. From mercy comes courage; from economy comes generosity; from humility comes leadership” – Lao Tzu Mercy Leadership demonstrates courage through compassion and forgiveness. By watching some leaders you might Continue reading Three Treasures to Hold and Keep

A Balanced Scorecard for Leaders

“Results aren’t everything they’re the only thing.” – Some CEO The prevailing logic is that leaders are responsible for results. Therefore we should evaluate leaders as follows: Good results = good leader Average results = average leader Bad results = bad leader Simple and straightforward. But not very accurate. Good leaders will sometimes fail. Bad Continue reading A Balanced Scorecard for Leaders

Leadership Unscripted

“Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson You are evolving. Learning to lead. Soaking up the experience. Consuming information. Aspiring to be like those successful leaders you read about. <insert record-scratching sound effect> Wait. That last line. Is the goal to be the best version of a leader Continue reading Leadership Unscripted

Heart-Mind Leadership

Strong Mind  Independence Confidence Integrity Courage Focus Will Open Heart  Vulnerability Compassion Generosity Flexibility Kindness Faith Different. But not opposite. Divergent. But not opposed. Distinct. But not distant. Draw from both sources and we are more balanced. Balance empowers right actions. Right actions lead to better outcomes. How do we develop a strong mind? Overcoming Continue reading Heart-Mind Leadership