What Veterans Day Means in Denver

I just got off the phone with my son who is an Infantry Officer in the army.  With his wry sense of humor, he thanked me for single-handedly winning the Cold War.  His wise crack did make me think about spending two weeks in Germany...

What does self-reliant leadership mean to you?

Chances are, you belong to more than one group be it work, social, charity, spiritual or political.  In these groups, you play a role as a leader, follower or both.  Depending on the level of sophistication and hierarchy of the group, a certain level of...

Not As Tough As I Thought I Was

In the past thirteen years, our kids have grown up, earned college degrees, started their careers and moved away.  The one constant has been our beloved Sheltie.  Our dear Annie passed away this week, just shy of her thirteenth birthday.  Her routines, habits, and unconditional...

Always

Happy First Birthday, Liam! I can't believe how fast this first year has gone. When your uncle went to West Point, the advice I imparted was about doing: Do what's right and do your best. Do what you say you're going to do. Always treat others with dignity and...

Tell Me About Our Future

I was inspired to write a book on self-reliant leadership based on the opportunity I have had to work with many leaders - some great, many good, and a few awful ones.  What I learned is the great ones inspired me to follow them willingly,...

Entrepreneurial Encore

A year and a half ago, I was at lunch with two people I have immense respect for - past guest lecturers in the class I teach on leadership at the University of Colorado Denver.  We were sharing stories of the challenges we faced as...

Regarding the Millennials, We’re in Fine Hands

Much has been written about the challenges of four generations currently in the work force:  Veterans/Matures (1928-1945), Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X (1965-1980), and Millennials (1981-1999).  I have heard many say the younger generation doesn't demonstrate commitment in terms of hours worked, and has an entitlement...

We’re Here But A Blink

I hadn't been to the place I was born in 40 years, and my recent visit happened to coincide with my birthday and visiting my Grandma's grave.  Reflection accompanies reminders of our mortality, and I thought about where I've been and what I still feel...

Elusive Wisdom

I spent part of my Labor Day in solitude backpacking and climbing a 14er near Aspen, Colorado.  Not many people climb 14ers by themselves, but I cherish the self-reliant aspects of being miles from civilization.  Part of the reason for the trip was forced solitude...

Purpose Drives HPT – High Performing Team

Last week I wrote about a new venture I'm starting and how fortunate I am to be associated with a great team.  Last week, I had the opportunity to see a great team in action: Panther Racing led by John Barnes.  I had the opportunity...

Like Peas and Carrots – Entrepreneurship and Gratitude

I am in the process of launching a new venture with some terrific partners.  I say I am in the process, because we aren't having a seminal event to launch.  What we're doing is getting our act together (legal, accounting, messaging, targeting, etc.), and we're...

Think You’re a Mentor – Answer this Yes or No

Yesterday was the men's 10,000-meter race in the London Olympics, and the two people Alberto Salazar coached finished first and second.  Salazar said the results "meant more to him than anything he achieved in his own running career, which included winning three consecutive New York...

Does exercise actually make people better leaders?

Entering the army at age of 17 made me a student of leadership.  Leading by example meant being physically fit - an army requirement to be a "leader with presence." In business, I have often thought the physically fit business leaders were better leaders, so I...

So it goes… Part 2

I was "supposed" to climb Mt. Eolus and Sunlight Peak on Saturday, July 7th.  I was then going to climb Windom Peak on Sunday, July 8th.  As I noted in the previous post, I somehow sprained my knee, and despite climbing an additional hour, decided...

So it goes…

I attempted to summit Mount Eolus this weekend, and for the first time on a 14er attempt, I was denied.  I sprained my knee somehow (the one I broke in 2004), and with every step, the pain intensified to the point that I was taking...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Course Wrap-up

I was quite fortunate to have had a great class again this year.  The students were committed, professional, engaged, punctual, and represented the university, the state and our country extraordinarily well. By my count, the students have met with 19 leaders in the public and private...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Fifteen

We toured The Dail today, and met with Deputy Bernard Durkan, a TD For Kildare North.  He has quite the gift for a good historical story that relates to current times and tribulations.  Like a great politician, he serves up the problems of our day...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Fourteen

Wow - where to start?! We showed up in Northern Ireland's Technology, Science & Innovation Community blog yesterday! We attended an excellent event on Cloud Computing with over 200 business leaders in Belfast this morning.  Here is a terrific summary of the event.  Surprising to me was...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Thirteen

Last year when we were in Dublin, the Queen visited.  This year, we're in Belfast for her visit, which was just as historic as she shook hands with an ex-IRA chief. The Dublin students traveled to Belfast and made their first visit of the trip to...

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day Twelve

The Belfast Team presented their final analysis and recommendations to the Maildistiller CEO today regarding a channel strategy, and received excellent feedback!  Now we need to learn the following from the two projects we conducted here in Ireland: What will be the economic impact of the...