Facing Two Imposters: Failure and Success

In his poem If, Rudyard Kipling described the qualities that would set a person up for success. While the tone of Kipling’s poem might be a little out of place in a modern, egalitarian age, it highlights many fine qualities, not least the benefits of a healthy perspective on failure and success.

What If doesn’t do is to point out the seeds of those qualities already lying within us all…. Read More»

DNA of Wave Makers™: The 4 Leadership Molecules that Everyone Wants

Wave Makers take that first step toward making the team feel like a team, experiment with a new product idea, or organize regular discussions for the other new college graduates. They have a meaningful idea, get others involved and act upon it. Wave Makers start the ripple effects toward important changes – even if they start with a small first step…. Read More»

The Value of Dynamic Leadership

True leadership is not found in an individual, but the individuals developed.

So it is with leadership. Those who desire to become outstanding leaders must also help those around them develop leadership skills. The true measure of a leader is not just measured by success of their organization, but by the measure of leaders they influence and develop to follow in their footsteps…. Read More»

3 Ways to Earn Success and Respect

I’ve worked with people who worked hard for everything they got. The hardships they endured early in life etched deeply marked goodness in their character. They are keenly aware of the importance of personal accountability, reliably, and a strong work ethic. They take nothing for granted. And they pay special attention to those who come from hardscrabble upbringings too.

You want to be successful? You want others to respect you? Earn it. Here’s how:… Read More»

Who Wants to be a Resource?

The words that we use matter. They shape our attitudes, shape our behavior, shape the very way that we think about the world. Words can inform, empower and inspire.

But in an age of commerce, where the language of finance and resources seeps in to the way that we manage people, have the words led us to lose sight of our common humanity?… Read More»

Sourcing Creativity

We met for breakfast in the ground floor restaurant of the antique Foshay Tower (now the W Hotel) in downtown Minneapolis. My breakfast guest was the renowned cartoonist, John Bush. Now deceased, his syndicated cartoons were at that time white-hot. I was there to learn how his mind worked since my co-author, Ron Zemke, and I were in search of someone to illustrate our new business book…. Read More»

5 Characteristics of Leaders Who Excel Under Fire

In April of 2010, the world watched in horror as millions of barrels of oil flowed into the Gulf. But, it wasn’t just the catastrophe and the potential environmental destruction that had us glued to the news networks. It was BP’s handling of the crisis. While their crude flowed, CEO Tony Hayward made blunder after blunder. Three weeks after the explosion, Hayward called the spill “relatively tiny” in comparison with the size of the ocean – 6 weeks later he said he’d like his life back, and 6 weeks after that, a shell-shocked Board put him out of his misery…. Read More»

The Power of a Grateful Leader

How would you like to go to work every day never feeling appreciated? How long would it be before you stopped trying? How long would it take for you to quit?

When employees don’t feel appreciated, their work suffers. As a leader, it’s your job to make sure that the company is successful. A successful company is made of employees who put forth their best effort every single day. Being a grateful leader is the easiest, cheapest way to make them want to do that…. Read More»

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