Growth

No One Told Me How Leadership Would Change Me

Check your bookshelf. Got any books that discuss how leadership will change you? Me neither. How’s this for a title? “Leadership, if it Doesn’t Kill You it Will Make You Stronger” I didn’t wake up one day and decide, “you know what, I think I’ll try this leadership thing, I hear it’s really good for Continue reading No One Told Me How Leadership Would Change Me

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 Out of Nothing

Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore profit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is Continue reading Leadership Out of Nothing

Our Problem with Problems

A problem appears. Feelings rise. Frustration. Self-pity. Anger. Blame. It’s kind of silly don’t you think? The way we always act surprised. Like today was going to be different. You thought problems were not on the agenda. No time in your schedule. They’re funny like that, though. They love to show up at the least Continue reading Our Problem with Problems

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