So, a part of your day will be spent wading through content. How will you choose to split your time among the 150 million blogs on the Internet? By the way, thanks for reading this one. In the midst of sharing, linking, liking and writing it’s easy to get lost in all the content. As the torrent of information floods into your world, two messages have become critical. First, the message directed to those who push content is “Find your voice!” On the marketing side, it’s sounds like just another slick mantra for grabbing attention. Stand out! Set yourself apart! But, the truth is, someRead More →

Did you ever attend a state fair when you were a child? When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait until September. The state fair signaled the end of summer and the beginning of fall. I loved the cooler temperatures, the carnival rides and the fun house. There was always an array of carnival mirrors. My favorite mirror was the one that made me look taller. I knew it was an illusion. But, it was still fun for the moment. I could pretend that I was seven feet tall. In simple terms, there are two types of mirrors: those that provide an accurate reflection andRead More →

So, what’s your take on Mondays? Maybe you show up humming, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” If you’re too young to know the tune, you might want to check it out. Although we live in a 24/7 world and leadership does wait on a signal from a calendar, Monday remains the moniker for the symbolic beginning of the workweek. As such, it’s a great time for a leadership self-check. How’s your attitude? Did you begin the week with energy or dread? Is the vision forecast clear, partly cloudy or are you straining to see through a dense fog? A little variety inRead More →

Is it possible to lead in “Real Time” today? How often during the day do you deal with the unexpected? Suddenly, your day takes a turn. You feel emotionally hijacked by a sudden interruption that requires your attention. Immediately, you begin to feel the pressure to provide an answer. Recognizing and cultivating a sense of urgency is one of your prize virtues. The gnawing pressure to answer comes from a gut level belief that if you were a really good leader you would be able to respond in Real Time. But what does Real Time mean? Most definitions of Real Time begin with a connectionRead More →