No Accidental Careers

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain We’ve spent some time in the past talking about purpose, and even more than that, [...]


How Do You Respond?

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb People throw around a lot of different words and phrases to describe great leaders.  You hear about things like work ethic, integrity, [...]


It’s Coming

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” – J.R.R. Tolkien I had the good fortunate a few weeks ago to be chatting with a group of extremely [...]


What Do They Need?

“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” – Thomas Sowell I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with a group of outstanding leaders on a regular [...]


Be You

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland Last week in this space the conversation was about understanding who you are and [...]


Not Just About You

“Astrophysicists assure us the universe has no center; therefore, you cannot be it.” – David McCullough, Jr. A lot is expected of leaders.  Sometimes people in leadership roles feel like they’re [...]


What Do You Think?

“When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and [...]


Get Started Already

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Joe Sabah If you read what I posted last week in this space, this might sound like a repeat.  And it mostly is, with [...]


You Actually Have To Do It

“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 Early in [...]


Excellence? Maybe, Maybe Not

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln It’s pretty common to hear leaders talk about their desire for excellence.  They’ll talk about delivering excellent products to their [...]