Leadership Success and its Greatest Barrier: the Law of Administrivia

Years ago, a very wise, and often cynical boss of mine asked me for a definition of management. After reflecting on the question I proceeded to give him an intellectually careful and, I thought, accurate definition. He allowed me to complete the answer and then came back with his definition... Read More

Dream Bigger!

A number of years ago we created a graphic logo based on the phrase Dream Bigger! We produced buttons and t-shirts. I've signed letters and emails with this phrase. It is more than a short inspirational phrase. It embodies a truth for all of us as individuals and carries extra... Read More

Boy Scouts of America and Leadership Coaching

The Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness talks with Dennis St. Jean, Assistant Director Professional Development Division, Boy Scouts of America, Irving, Texas.CMOE: Having recently attended one of your leadership conferences I walked away with a totally different view of Boy Scouts of America. Can you tell us about your... Read More

BIG-3 Leadership!

"Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends." - Walt DisneyWhat is your organization striving to achieve?- Big Profits? - Big Growth? - Big Stock Price? - Big Accolades/Recognition? - Some other Big Result?All of the above?Okay, just so we... Read More

The Three Factors of Leadership Motivation

Leaders do nothing more important than get results. But you can't get results by yourself. You need others to help you do it. And the best way to have other people get results is not by ordering them but motivating them. Yet many leaders fail to motivate people to achieve... Read More

Extraordinary People in Mediocre Times

My grandfather used to speak of the days when people drove the world. It was a time when people were proud to contribute and move society and industry forward at full steam. But, people were proud of themselves! However, before he died, one of his observations was that "we have... Read More

Women in Leadership - How to Get Promoted

It is often much harder for women to get promoted than men. The most common characteristic of successful women is that they know how to express their excellence in a male dominated environment. How do they do it?Most of us are promoted to due to our excellence expressed through one... Read More

Quality Leadership

The Lakota tribe of Native Americans has no word in the language for "I" or "me," only "we" or "us." Mahatma Gandhi insisted on traveling in third class carriages (on the train)because, as he explained, 'there is no fourth class.' "Certainly personal desires are not a primary consideration for leaders.... Read More

The Happy Jar

I just delivered a free speech. I am a great believer in free speech, but an even greater believer in paid speech. However, there are good reasons why someone like me would deliver free speeches. For instance, to support a charity or a cause I believe in. Or if the... Read More

UNCLOS III Process model

The United Nations Conference on Law of the Sea was ground breaking in the way negotiations were conducted. Several strategies were employed that allowed for efficient negotiation and a reasonable outcome as viewed by all participating parties.Procedural agreements allowed for a streamlined approach, single negotiation texts, systems thinking and organization... Read More

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Managing Monsters in Meetings - Part 5, Dominant Participants

While dominant participants contribute significantly to the success of a... Read More

Pure Discipline

General George S. Patton was born on November 11, 1885... Read More

Coaching a Leader

One of my favorite memories growing up as a child... Read More

What is Leadership?

Leadership is what every organization needs and so few have... Read More

Leadership For Deep Results: Without Them Are You Wasting Your Leadership And Your Life? (Part Two)

How does one go about getting deep results? There are... Read More

Leadership is About Growing Others - Its Not About You!

"Before you become a leader success is all about growing... Read More

Leadership Training and Character

The vast majority of leadership training available to managers focuses... Read More

The Ten Commandments of Leadership

A poem hangs on the wall at Mother Theresa's orphanage... Read More

3 Es For Leaders - Engage, Empower, Encourage!

"Enflamed with the study of learning and the admiration of... Read More

Leadership Training: The Bit They Didn?t Tell You About Changing!

A willingness to change first is one of the major... Read More

Extraordinary People in Mediocre Times

My grandfather used to speak of the days when people... Read More

People or Objects? - - You Decide

"How you think determines how you act. How you... Read More

The Tao of Leadership

There can be no doubt that the ancient author of... Read More

Leadership Like Water-Water Canoeing

Although world business is undergoing historic changes, the prevailing view... Read More

Choose To Become An Encourager

"...I know that the only source of happiness is within... Read More

Leadership Training Seminar - What Makes A Great Leader?

At one point or another, we have all been either... Read More

Three Factors Of Leadership Motivation

Leaders do nothing more important than get results. But you... Read More

Who Is Randy Gage and Why Is He One of My Mentors and Heroes?

Who is Randy Gage? I first read about him in... Read More

Creating Unlimited Belief for Success!

What's holding your team back from experiencing "breakout performance"?It may... Read More

The Compassion Paradox

Effective leaders are comfortable with paradox. They can call on... Read More

The Four Laws Of Leadership (Part Two)

In Part One, I described the laws of motivation. In... Read More

Wanted: A Dictionary-Perfect Leader

Answers are often before our very eyes or in front... Read More

Abe Lincoln: An Extraordinary Leader

Perhaps noted as one of the greatest United States presidents... Read More

Five Things Smart Leaders Do to Lower The Barriers To Change

Smart leaders understand that they don't "make" a change happen.... Read More

To be, or Not to be (Average)?

When is hate OK? When it's the feeling you have... Read More

Managing Monsters in Meetings - Part 2, Multiple Conversations

Side conversations ruin meetings by destroying focus and fragmenting participation.Approach... Read More

UNCLOS III Process model

The United Nations Conference on Law of the Sea was... Read More

5 Steps on How to Set and Achieve Your Goals

Which one is a goal? I will lose 15... Read More

Reveal the Leader Within

A Leader is not a certain type of person or... Read More

Charismatic Leadership

What motivates people to work and to achieve? What circumstances... Read More

What Makes A Good Leader? Ask Uncle Sam

What do the major generals who are leading the war... Read More

In Leadership, Identifying Dreams That Lead To Great Results

History teaches that when people needed to do great things,... Read More

Recommended Books on Leadership and Team Building

The single most important thing a leader can do is... Read More