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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

Time Travel and the Value of Practicing Presence

We are masters of time travel Racing back to the future Thoughts Distractions Worries Always on our way somewhere else To something else Everywhere but here and now The prevailing story is that we have more distractions, more information and more decisions pressing on our lives than ever before. Our attention span is shrinking; as Continue reading Time Travel and the Value of Practicing Presence

Mastering Your Leadership Short Game

I don’t golf. At least not by any measurable standard. I have walked around a golf course flailing at small white balls with a metal stick but I would hardly classify myself as a golfer. I do have friends who actually know how to golf. They tell me that the key to great golf is mastering Continue reading Mastering Your Leadership Short Game

Towing a Yacht With a Prius

Energy. Emotional energy. Creative energy. Physical energy. Mental energy.   Every day organizations spend an enormous amount of energy. But on what? We withhold or release our energy. But for what? There’s only so much energy available to each of us. And, of course, that means only so much energy available for our organization. Now Continue reading Towing a Yacht With a Prius

Leaders and the Art of Undoing

“Leaders do.”    “Do what?” “You know, they do stuff.” “They get stuff done.”    “Oh.” “See there goes one now, off to a meeting or something.”    “Do they ever stop?” “I don’t know, it’s kinda frowned upon.”    “Well, how do they know if they’re doing the right stuff?” “I suppose they get Continue reading Leaders and the Art of Undoing