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Life calls. How do you respond?

One of the many memorable scenes from the movie Forrest Gump has the then-heavily bearded character running down a street. A man, running along side, states the obvious: Gump has just run through a pile of dog poop. Gump’s timeless response? “It happens!” While stepping in sh-t is yucky, messy, smelly, and somewhat unfortunate, let’s [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Leadership|

Invest in Yourself: 4 Strategies to Elevate Your Leadership

In my mind, I hear a wise influencer’s wry statement: “No change, no change.” Translation: if inputs (person, process, strategy, etc.) don’t change, the outcome will not shift towards desired results. Whether an executive or leader seeks to increase his or her impact, assure organizational objectives, shape—or reshape—perceptions, expand influence, or become unstuck from unsatisfying [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Leader Development|

Leadership Manifesto

News media, particularly over the past decade, tends to suggest leadership failure as the norm. Reporting blunders, from foolish faux pas to serious ethical breaches, invites us to believe that great leadership is so rare as to be hardly attainable. When things go wrong, we see the painful outcomes in print, broadcast on television, and [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Executing Successfully, Leader Development, Purpose|

Leadership Book List

Time and again, I’m asked to recommend books on leadership and related topics—especially after (1) someone gets a peek at my library and topic designated bookcases spread throughout my office and home, or (2) I’ve given a speech or presentation. As a result, I’m compiling a series of reading list handouts. In today’s post, I [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Leader Development, Leadership|

Serving Leadership: Generating Transformative Leadership Capacity

A whopping 87% of Amazon reviewers give authors Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert five stars for The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community. Numerous CEOs have embraced the insights, embarked on transforming their leadership teams, and shared the book throughout their organizations. The book has been so successful over [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 January 31st, 2016|Leadership|

Why You Need New Underwear. Today.

I suspect when you crafted your list of top priorities for the new year, “new underwear” didn’t make the cut. It should have! The small, seemingly innocuous investment holds a powerful nugget of chain-reaction potential for 2016 success. Right about now, you’re contemplating whether I am really going to write about underwear. I am. And [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 December 31st, 2015|Leadership|

True or False: Notice the Story

We humans are storytelling machines. For everything we see, hear and encounter, our brains instantly suggest assumptions to support a quick response. When do stories offer an advantage? On the way to the airport for a recent trip, I saw two men about a half-mile apart. The first was mid-twenties, in shorts and an olive [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Executing Successfully, Leadership|

Owning Your Power (Mine’s Currently Pink)

On October 5th, 2014, I attended my very first live professional football game, between San Diego’s Chargers and the New York Jets. At the time, I had pink extensions in my hair—a gift from an exceptional service provider. Earlier this month, I chose to “go pink” again, sparking a recent conversation on the ways we [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Leadership|

Creator of Magical Experience: Ruth Shellhorn

Few people get the invitation to contribute to the making of a film. Ours arrived in the mail a couple of days ago. Before I share more on the filmmaking, let me tell you a story about an incredible woman … If you are one of the 650 million plus visitors to Disneyland since the [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Leadership, Women's Leadership|

5 Steps to Identify Awesome Hires

In his recent LinkedIn post, Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite writes about optimal team sizes. The number to manage scaled growth successfully at Hootsuite is 10. But not just any ten. Holmes advocates for investing the vetting time to identify the right team members. In a prior organization, our leadership team came together to honestly assess [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:22+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Executing Successfully, Leadership|

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