Growing Bad Leaders: Getting Better Results with People

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Published: January 27, 2016

Many factors get associated with leadership, poorly I believe.  Here are some things that are NOT what leadership is about: Leadership is not about giving orders Leadership is not about having employees Leadership is not about taking away privileges Leadership is not about having a corporate position Leadership is not about treating people like subservient […]

How do we Teach Innovation In School?

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Published: December 8, 2015

Students don’t learn to be entrepreneurs in most schools.  Very few students learn to think about innovation. When I write about “schools” here, I’m talking about elementary, junior high school and high school years. Our public schools teach our young people to be conformists – not rule breakers.  The fact that the United States culture […]

Boot the Impulse: Mindfulness Will Make You Awesome

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Published: December 3, 2015

I think that American culture teaches us to get on with it.  Make a decision.  Move.  “Fish or cut bait.” Many of us have learned the lesson that “if we aren’t acting, we aren’t doing anything important.” Clearly, taking the right action helps to change us from a position of being stuck.  However, I am […]

Excellence is a Direction Beyond the Land of Good

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Published: May 21, 2015

  I will never forget the day that Alex turned to me and said, “The good is the enemy of the best.”  I did not understand him at all.  I asked him to repeat, and then explain this idea.  Thirty six years later, I still remember his message to me. Alex was a psychologist that […]

Choose Your Next Leader

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Published: February 10, 2015

It is a privilege to serve.  What a mighty privilege it is to be able to select one’s leader. In the past, few people had a choice to choose their leaders.  A military general commanded the troops, workers on an assembly line listened to the foreman, and the church commanded our religious and moral lives.  […]

You were made to Learn

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Published: October 14, 2014

  Successful person:  What is your personal learning plan? For over a year now, I have been asking this question to people who tell me they are successful. Every single person tells me that learning is vital. They intend to keep learning, the rest of their life. I wonder. Do they really have a plan? […]

Leadership: Patient all the Way to Victory

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Published: September 9, 2014

  The focus of the leader ought to be on changing the state of the world for the long term. This priority is a big order. A leader must work through other people, and frequently faces resistance, limited resources, and short-term crises. To keep that long-term vision, a leader must have patience.   Patience is […]

Three Reasons Leadership Leads to Success

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Published: June 27, 2014

Leaders can become successful.  While there are no guarantees for success, leadership behavior does hasten success. I’ve had a chat with my friend today, Dan Creed, about small business enterprise and leadership.  We both agree – a small business owner must act as a leader if he or she wants to be successful.  In small […]

People don’t fail, projects do

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Published: June 24, 2014

  Do you ever feel like a failure? I’m going to guess that this internal experience happened when you failed to reach a goal.  We would all like to say calmly, “Mission accomplished.” We know: none of us has a perfect track record.   We have all tasted that bitter cocktail called failure. You are not […]

Big space needed. Wide Space for Transformation

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Published: May 30, 2014

  The turning radius of a supertanker is approximately ¾ of a mile. By contrast, a hummingbird seems to be able to change course instantaneously with no space lost. If you are changing the course of your life right now, as I am, like many people I know are, how much space is needed to […]

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