Change represents modern day adventure

It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one. ––Sir Francis Bacon In the past month, I watched my daughter graduate from college, and marry her high school sweet heart in a emotional ...

Mount Princeton – A lesson in humility

I climbed to the summit of Mt. Princeton in Colorado with my son and his best friend yesterday, and it was spectacular (http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=prin1amp;peak=Mt.+Princeton). While climbing, I thought about all the leadership analogies with scaling a mountain, and what I might write about that I learned...

Climbing, Patience and Haleakala

On June 4th, I left Paia, Maui on the coast with my son on a 37 mile bicycle trek to the top of Haleakala at 10,000 feet above the sea. It took us just over five hours to make it to the top, and a...

Three Questions About Your Life:

1. What was the earliest adversity you faced, and how did it affect your life? 2. What's your passion and purpose in life? 3. If all your responsibilities and obligations were lifted for one year, what would you do? Take the survey: http://bit.ly/MGtvZ RESPONSES...

On Self Reliance

Self Reliance and Leadership may seem to be contradictory notions, but in essence, they are mutually supporting. In my classes on leadership, there are always three concepts the students say were aha moments. The first is that leadership requires Self-awareness. A leader needs to understand...

The wisdom of a young taxi driver

I was at a tradeshow this week in Washington D.C. with a whole horde of very smart people so, it was a bit of a surprise the most interesting person I met was a taxi driver. I got in a cab after a day of...

The Source of Power?

Teaching and coaching can be synonymous when the objective is to guide people to the source of their own power. Both teaching and coaching are fundamental skills required to become an effective leader. Consider the people that have truly touched your life. Chances are they mentored...

A dozen questions to understand what motivates a team…

1. What in your background helped you decide to join this team? 2. Describe the team you work with. 3. Tell me about your role on the team. 4. What are the biggest challenges you face? 5. How do you prioritize your week? 6. How did you choose your career...

Three Questions for Leaders

I recently asked 41 leaders three questions: 1. What was the best advice you ever received on leadership and why? 2. From a leadership perspective, who has most inspired you and why? 3. What leadership experience taught you the most and why? The 22 responses I received present fascinating...

50 Questions for Leaders

SELF-AWARENESS 1. In less than a minute, what is your life story and purpose? 2. What are your greatest strengths? 3. What should you change about yourself? 4. How are you doing relative to your peers? 5. What can you do that someone else can't? 6. Why should someone hire you? 7....

Leadership Survey

1. Please rank the item listed below according to your greatest needs: Listed below is how the respondents ranked the categories...