I was having a conversation with a senior executive recently. My team and I just started working with his organization. He said he had checked out my work and, in particular, read several of my Gut Check for Leaders blogs. He then said, “You have so much great content that I suspect a lot of […]
Stacey was starting to hyperventilate. We were minutes away from kicking off a two-day leader forum. The mounting stress and pressure were getting the best of her. At one moment, I pulled her aside, looked straight into her eyes and said, “Everything is going to be fine. My team and I have your back!” She […]
Last week I was in Houston on a business trip. My colleague Alex and I were there to work with the top 100 leaders of a Fortune 500 company. We stayed at a Hilton Hotel in the downtown area. I hadn’t been to this particular hotel before and it was absolutely beautiful. As I entered […]
About four years I jumped on a call with a colleague who was new to our company. He was based in Europe. We were having our first discussion about a proposal we were going to start working on. That call led to several others. More and more people joined this team. The opportunity was global, […]
A few years back, I worked with a technology company. The founder and CEO, Jim, was a brilliant guy. He designed software for the financial services industry and he was very successful. Customers came knocking on his door and his company grew quickly. As a leader, however, he was a little rough around the edges. […]
This is the time of year when many kids go back to school. I remember those days myself. I remember coming into class in elementary school, the teacher welcoming everyone and handing out a blank sheet of paper. Then he or she would ask us to write a few paragraphs on what we did that […]
In my travels around the world, I have frequently seen a troubling dynamic among aspiring leaders, those who demand to get something before they give their all to a leadership role. To explain, let me give you two different scenarios.