The NFL Draft is an exciting time of year for everyone. Fans are following the draft to see who’s coming in to “their team”, or what kind of tricks does their secretive GM have up his sleeve this year? There are others scouting for their fantasy football roster. Schools and communities also rally around local players who are hoping to get a call. It’s a great week for sports. But what about the players?  What are they thinking and feeling during Draft Day? Ahman Green, all-time leading rusher for the Green Bay Packers and InitiativeOne Transformation Leader, provided insight as to what Draft Day meantRead More →

In an ever changing, connected and competitive world we seek trust more than ever. We want to trust our politicians, our boss, our spouse, and our kids; we want people to trust us. Now, to obtain trust or to be trustworthy, we, as leaders, have to take responsibility and make sure we are walking the talk! In order, for us to gain trust, we must make sure we are practicing and or having the following; Character: Are you a person of sound moral and ethical character? How many businesses, families and friendships are ruined daily, because someone acted on poor moral judgement? Competence: Do youRead More →

Would you intentionally hire a new employee that is not trustworthy? Of course not. That’s an easy question to answer. Here’s a better question. When you hire a new employee, do you have a straightforward conversation about the behaviors that create healthy trust? If not, why not? Clarity is one of the key cultural ingredients that enables leaders to promote healthy trust. Trusting relationships thrive when clear expectations are cultivated and agreed upon on the front end. Most leaders can compile a quick list of the behaviors that destroy trust. Behaviors that create a toxic environment are front of mind.  Bullying, retaliation, dishonesty, hidden agendas,Read More →

People watch what you do. They watch with the sound off. Seth Godin How do you describe leadership? What are the first words that come to mind? Influence Vision Credibility Integrity Agent of Change Stewardship Decisiveness The complexities of leadership are intertwined with trust. Trust is a big deal. As Stephen Covey noted, “It undergirds and affects the quality of every relationship.” Especially, this is true when you speak of trust in the context of leadership. Trust can shape and shade the meaning and impact of the words and actions most commonly associated with leaders. Inspiration can morph into manipulation. Clarity dissolves in the murkyRead More →

Education Leaders Have a Strategic Opportunity. There is a collective sense that education needs to change. Many daunting strategic questions are surfacing and these questions have widespread implications. Do current educational approaches prepare students for the future? Are educational leaders creating the best learning environments for students? What needs to change? Who needs to change? To what extent are educators prepared to adapt approaches to align with the students? These challenges provide unparalleled strategic opportunities. Listen carefully and you will hear an emerging cry for disruptive reform. There is a need for leadership transformation. The comments of Mario Kyllonen, Helsinki’s education manger echo from FinlandRead More →

Recently, I was able to check off another item on my bucket list. My wonderful wife, Jen, purchased a ticket for me to attend an NCAA Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 game to watch my beloved West Virginia Mountaineers. Although the outcome was not what I had hoped for, I had an incredible experience. As I watched, I was reminded of the importance of a game plan. Effectiveness and success in most endeavors requires thoughtful preparation and thorough planning. Sometimes success and effectiveness may happen unintentionally or accidentally, but most often success comes to those who have a carefully thought out game plan. A game planRead More →