Transitions

tran·si·tion tranˈziSHən,-ˈsiSHən/ noun noun: transition; plural noun: transitions 1. 
the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. It seems everyone I talk to these days is in some sort of transition.  New job, new position in old job, getting ready to move, getting ready to...

Focus

[caption id="attachment_1793" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click to View Video (1 min.)[/caption] I recently attended a series of events related to the USA Pro Challenge.  "The USA Pro Challenge, also known as America's Race, is an annual multi-day professional road cycling stage race that first took place in...

Elusive Focus

Focus can be defined as the ability to adapt to the prevailing level of light and to see more clearly.  In business, focus is all about execution and results, and the adaptation has more to do with internal strengths and weaknesses, and external threats and...

Solo versus…

I am a big advocate for seeking solitude for reflection, and consider myself very fortunate to have access to some of the best wilderness in the world here in Colorado.  I have solo hiked, backpacked, and climbed a lot mountains over the years, and have...

Fleeting

For the past month, I have had the opportunity to really step back and evaluate three important questions.  Where am I?  Where am I going?  How will I organize my ongoing journey?  For me, I find time away actually to be difficult work.  It's hard...

Seanathair x2

Seanathair is Gaelic for grandfather, and we welcomed our second grandchild on the 18th of July Like her brother 21 months earlier, she's a lucky kid with a very extended loving family.  Of course Rylee Paige is another beautiful redhead, but beyond that I wonder who...

One Step at a Time

While climbing a 14,000-foot mountain (14er) on a beautiful, sunny, Colorado morning, I wondered how many steps it would take to reach the summit.  I know there is a precise answer, and getting up there is in essence solving a math problem.  The average person's...

Husband, Father, Executive, Athlete, Philanthropist

How many titles do you have?  How well are you doing balancing the things in life that are important to you?  Is there such a thing as true balance? Most business people I meet these days seem to all be struggling with balance, and the common...

Is Your Pursuit Noble?

Esteemed Harvard Business School professor, Clayton Christensen wrote: "Management is the most noble of professions if it's practiced well.  No other occupation offers as many ways to help others to learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of...

Are you Brave Enough?

Harry Chapin wrote and performed. "I Wonder What Would Happen to this World?" wherein he asked if we were brave enough to see the signals and the signs to change things.  He asked if we avoided questions about meaning, and what we would do, "If...

Just One Piece of Advice for Today’s Leader

Like me, you have probably been to many graduation ceremonies over the years.  Mine have included high school, college, business courses, seminars, and a fair share of military courses.  I have heard a lot of speakers pontificate, and some of those speakers were well-known, and...

The Problem: Over-Managed and Under-Led

Our challenges as leaders are greater than ever.  It's all the ions: Execution Revenue Generation M&A Integration Competition Innovation Team Dysfunction Lack of Prioritization And our results are coming up short, because our teams are being over-managed and under-led. We're planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling better than ever, but more than the science...

Everyone is Dealing with Something

Stephen Covey really got it right by emphasizing, "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."    Through my coaching I would categorize a majority of the workplace challenges and stressors as two individuals (or groups) with misaligned expectations.  My advice is always the same:  "That...

Reflections on Solitary Resilience and A New Year

I certainly wanted to stay in the warm bed today, but I knew there is no better morning to enjoy a truly solitary run than New Year's Day.  It was ten degrees, but I was treated to a golden sunrise - the perfect perspective to...

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

We met Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf on November 6, 2002.  He was at Colorado State University for  "Bridges to the Future: American History and Values in Light of 9/11" where he gave a talk on "Leadership in Difficult Times."  When my son approached him at...

Present

The wave of bad news seems to have reached a new level of intensity.   It does force us to pause and take stock in what truly matters.  Gratitude is defined as, "The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness." ...

The Way Forward

I had the privilege of facilitating the closing session for the Men's Leadership Institute yearlong program.  We called the last session, The Way Forward.  For me, moving forward as a steward of what I have learned so far involved capturing in a book what I...

No Trust – No Leadership – Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the importance of trust in leadership, and saw Al Lewis' column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday on, "Who Do You Trust?"  It was disheartening to read that in a Gallup poll last week, "Ranking lower than journalists were business...

No Trust – No Leadership

  During the past week, my students have been discussing the challenge of leading virtual teams, and the prerequisite that came up most was trust.  There seems to be a perception that leaders have trouble trusting remote workers, and long before Lencioni wrote a book on...