What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?

How is it possible that I learned one of life's greatest leadership lessons from doing yard work as a kid?  Like most kids, I hated doing yard work.  I grew up in a beautiful house with an incredible landscape with a huge yard that my father insisted we could maintain ourselves.  My father's attention to detail was unprecedented.  My brothers and I used to joke that he would make us cut the grass with scissors … Continue reading What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?

It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…

Why is it that so many leaders in today's world view unsolicited input from those they lead as a threat to their leadership authority?  I've experienced this in both my civilian and military careers.  For some strange reason, leaders are unwelcoming to advice from their subordinates and I just can't understand why.  Is it because it makes the leader feel inadequate in some way?  Is it because leaders expect themselves to be the sole source … Continue reading It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…

Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

As I'm sure is the same for many of you, my parents constantly stressed the importance of one of life's most valuable lessons; saying please and thank you.  I was taught to say please before I asked for something and thank you after I received it.  Sounds familiar, right? But if I'm being honest, this was one of my least favorite lessons as a kid.  Despite being so simple, somehow it was also so difficult … Continue reading Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

Is being “too kind” as a leader a bad thing?

A few years ago, during my time in the Army, one of my fellow soldiers told me that my biggest flaw as a leader was that I wore my heart on my sleeve.  He told me that people take advantage of people like me because I trust to easily and that's a bad thing.  I will never forget that day because he went on to tell me that I would never be a good leader … Continue reading Is being “too kind” as a leader a bad thing?

In such a complex world, simple leadership is often the better choice. Here’s why…

Among the many of father's famous soundbites, lies one of my all-time favorites; Less is More.  I must admit that when hearing this as a kid, I always hoped he meant something like, "less work is better" but unfortunately, he didn't.  What I came to realize over the years was that he meant, "The less complicated you make things, the more you get out of it".  Whether he was talking about his approach to coaching … Continue reading In such a complex world, simple leadership is often the better choice. Here’s why…

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