Category Leadership

Failure and Success

How the Most Spectacular Failures can Lead to the Most Incredible Accomplishments. Failure.  The word is loaded with connotations.  With many executives, it’s a highly unpopular word.  After all, how many highly driven Type A people do you know that enjoy failing? Yet, there is so much to be gained from failure.  Failure is the […]

Bias for Action or Bias for Outcome?

Harnessing the Power of “Think Time” There is a pace that envelops us; energized by texting, social media and web meetings that expects a fast response.  Tech companies, biotech companies, service companies and even sales professionals in lagging markets seem to value response time over most any other activity.  Are the packed schedules, full of […]

What I Learned about Business from U2

How Business and Life Work in Mysterious Ways. Lessons in business are everywhere.  This week, I found them on my iPod.  As I’ve shared before, I am a huge fan of U2.  I adore the band’s music, creativity and social activism.  I never realized that their songs are also lessons in business and life for […]

The Power of Purpose

What’s the use in running if you’re on the wrong road? A few years ago, I was hired by a company (let’s call it “Acme”) to improve profitability.  At the start of any project, my colleagues and I always do a Discovery Process, where we split up and interview people at all levels in the […]

What Business Teaches Us

A Life Lesson Delivered Over Lunch.  Recently, I met with a client, who was nearing retirement.  As our coaching relationship was coming to a close, “Bob” and I had a final lunch to celebrate endings and new beginnings. Bob was reflecting on his successes and failures during his incredible career.  Over our entrees, I asked […]

Extremes or the Middle — Where is Your Attention?

What’s the worth of the quiet, steady majority? Extremes are often useful to create distinction between choices. Stay or Leave? Keep it or give it up? Invest or walk away?  Lately, it feels like those that focus on extremes can alienate, create estrangement, isolation and even hostility.  Examples of negative extremes are everywhere like in […]

The Instinct Myth

The Role of Instinct in Leadership. I was coaching an executive last month and we were discussing a business deal that had gone sideways.  She said, “I found an acquisition that looked fantastic.  It was exactly what we’d been wanting.  While the due diligence looked good, my gut kept telling me something was off.  I […]