While serving in one of my first leadership assignments, I learned some valuable lessons about what it means to inspire others. I was in my twenties when I met a very special leadership mentor. She was old enough to be my grandmother. She was quite a warrior and I watched her battle. My time with her was brief. But, the lessons she taught me and her inspiration endures. From the time I met her until I watched her transition from this life to the next, I never considered how her courage would affect my life. I carry three enduring lessons about inspiration from her influence.Read More →

As a child, my front yard was the venue for many high stakes kickball games. Right field was the best opportunity for a home run. Kick it over the neighbor’s fence and you could take a victory lap around the bases. Left field was a different story. A long shot into left meant an automatic double because the ball would land in the street. Leftfielders were trained to pause before chasing the ball and “look both ways” before entering the street. In my childhood kickball game, “both ways” included a glance to the left and a glance to the right. But there are other optionsRead More →

Executive Retreat

“Man is so made that if he is told often enough that he is a fool he believes it. By telling himself so often enough he convinces himself, because when he is alone he carries on an inner dialogue with himself which is important to keep under proper control.” Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)  Leadership integrity is about alignment. Integrity aligns what you know with who you are and what you do. When you lead at your best, the connection between the three aspects of your leadership conveys authenticity. Consistent alignment over time builds trust and credibility. It defines your character. If you have ever taken yourRead More →

Are you ready for a new adventure? Your week can become a transformational journey. It can be a frontier of exploration that yields new scenery and a fresh perspective. You don’t have to quit your job or transfer to a new location. It will not cost any airfare or require a passport. If you are serious about exploring new leadership territory this week, you can begin with two strategic changes. First, ask better questions. Then, pause and listen. These two practices will open your eyes and ears to new possibilities for transformation. Exploring new territory is essential if you want to maintain a vibrant andRead More →