An American Voice

I have taken somewhat of an unplanned hiatus from writing these past few weeks. Unplanned because it has been events that have taken my voice from me in a way they have only two times in my life before. Both times my voice fell silent before it was because the confluence of personal loss and […]

Everyone Can Be Proud of Something

The saddest people I’ve ever met were those who doubted their own self-worth. Sometimes, because of their own poor choices, but, more often, because another person had beaten them down, the person without self-esteem looks in the mirror and sees nothing of value.  Experts on human behavior write volumes on how to increase our self-esteem […]

Wet Dog

Have you ever seen a dog shaking the water out of their coat? Most dogs really love the water, and they often come out smiling and soaked. If you’re too near them when they decide to dry themselves, you’ll end up as wet as they were!  It’s an apt analogy to how we meet adversity […]

Remember Who You Work For

When someone asks a leader who they work for, the best answer is “I work for my team.” That’s obviously not a complete answer, but it speaks to a mindset. Leadership is service, and leaders who approach their roles with that mindset are more likely to be successful. It’s not the complete answer, of course, […]

You Really Can Be Too Flat

That would be a “Denial of Service Attack on the Commander” were the words I heard from strategist when discussing how leaders in flat organizations can become overwhelmed. The world is enamored with “flat organizations,” and along with the organizational agility a flat organization brings, it also can breed organizational paralysis if the leader becomes […]

Look Outside the Tent

The command post was tense. It was pitch black inside and the inside was illuminated by a few red lights intended to maintain our night vision as we managed the battle raging outside.  Our camp had 360 degree security, and I congratulated myself at having repulsed two assaults on the perimeter already. We’d correctly anticipated […]

Why You Need a Coach

I’m taking the remainder of the summer off from blogging. In the mean time, please enjoy this “throwback” post from the archives. I need a coach. Anyone can trudge through a task or lesson on their own, but if I truly want to get better I’m in need of a coach. I’ve been an athlete […]

Leaders Lead with Shared Purpose

Why don’t my employees respond to my leadership? Why don’t their values align with the organization’s values? How do I get my organization to perform at the level I know they’re capable?             Those are questions asked often by leaders in every industry and field. Everyone has walked into an office or production floor where […]

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Integrity Must be our Watchword

We codify integrity in our organizational values. When we do that, we define what integrity looks like for ourselves and our professional community. Almost every profession has a professional code of ethics, and many firms as well. Honor Codes As professionals, we codify integrity in our organizational values. When we do that, we define what […]