A Story We’ve Been Telling A Lot Recently…

It’s “planning season” and that means leaders in companies across the country are locking themselves in small rooms together for two days to hash out plans for next year, budget implications, goals and priorities. The really ambitious organizations are will attempt to define a vision, mission and purpose to guide the strategy and planning, and… [Continue Reading]

Cultural Evolutionaries

Leading Transformational Change in the Modern Workplace If you have ever worked in an organization, it’s likely you have had this experience: Management heads off for a 2-day “strategic planning” retreat and returns inspired with big ideas and eager to get started on a bold new course of action to be rolled out with great… [Continue Reading]

Panic is Part of the Plan

As I write this I am about to head into a long meeting. What is accomplished (or not) in this meeting is super-important. Not just normal-important, super-important. Jobs are on the line. Futures will be determined. Everyone coming to the meeting knows that this is a super-important meeting; you can tell because the participants were… [Continue Reading]

Values Matter: Especially in a Fire Fight

For US Navy SEALs, this was a classic operation. A dozen highly trained SEALs landing on the beach in southern Somalia and quietly infiltrating the compound of a known al Shabaab warlord name Ikrima. The operation was designed to capture Ikrima. Even with three other boats in support of the operation, the SEALs were heavily… [Continue Reading]

“I’m Behind in Leadership!”

My 6th grade daughter, Claire, told me last week that she was worried about school because she was “behind in Leadership.”  I asked, “What does that mean?”  She said that the teacher pulled all the 6th graders together to talk about their role this year in the classroom. She is in a 4th-6th grade class… [Continue Reading]