Full Speed & Focused

“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting.  Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.” – Theodore Roosevelt When I visit with leaders, rarely do I find them to be lacking in [...]


What Are You Actually Doing?

“Make every detail perfect, and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey It’s been mentioned in this space previously (here and here, for example) that focus is one of the most [...]


Plan for the Unplanned

“Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” – Shari R. Barr Humans are interesting creatures.  [...]


Fear Can’t Stop You

“Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.” – Leo Rosten I spend most of my time with business leaders talking about the future. While every business or industry has some unique [...]


Get Going

“A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow.” – George S. Patton One of the struggles of leading in today’s world is the feeling that you don’t always have [...]


Don’t Tell Me How Hard You’re Working

“The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.” – Jeff Haden Most people you meet like to talk about how hard they work. They talk about putting in a lot of hours, about their terrific work [...]


Stopping the Energy Drain

“I’ve suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain There are an infinite number of management and leadership articles that have been published over [...]


No Time Like Now

“Few days are sunny. Few days are perfect. Instead, most days have something wrong with them, us, or others. Stop waiting for perfect days and start marching forward.” – Jim Collins One of the [...]


Anticipate AND Act

“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett Over the years I’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of time with experienced leaders, people who’ve been running businesses for [...]


What Do Your Decisions Look Like?

“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” – John Wooden There are a dozen or more things that great leaders do effectively, but one of the most [...]