The Difference between self-centered leaders and extraordinary leaders

Self-Centered Leaders Versus Extraordinary Leaders – Which Are You?

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” ~Lao Tzu   These words spoken by the 6th Century Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu, really captures the heart of leadership for me. Unlike many of the current leaders of today…

Leadership - Be Careful - It's a Jungle Out There

Leadership: Be Careful…It’s a Jungle Out There!

“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.” ~ Sarah Dessen   Many years ago, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company sponsored a show called The Wild Kingdom. It was a show  hosted by Marlin Perkins along with his co-host, Jim Fowler. Each an every Sunday night they took…

7 REASONS WHY HIRING GREAT LEADERS IS LIKE FOR GOLD MINING

7 Reasons Why Hiring Great Leaders Is Like Mining For Gold

“All creation is a mine, and every man is a miner.” ~ Abraham Lincoln   A while back, I was working with a group of leaders from a gold mining company to help them strengthen their Coaching Skills. Towards the end of the week I had an opportunity to tour the mine. My guide Jesse…

ARE YOU A LEADER

Are You a Leader or a Glorified Individual Contributor (GIC)?

No one ever said that being a leader was going to be easy. In fact, I believe that being an effective leader is one of the greatest challenges one can face in their lifetime. Why? Because it requires a fundamental shift in how you perceive your work and how you go about getting things done. As…

8 Lies Leaders Tell Themselves About Poor Performers

“Never tolerate poor performance in yourself or others.”  ~Larry Winget   We’ve all been there. You have a poor performer on your team, yes, the one you refer to as your problem child. The one who takes up an inordinate amount of time, energy, and resources, and who consistently under-performs. Below is a list of…

Leadership Arrogance

Leadership Arrogance: Are You A Monkey’s Uncle?

“Arrogance is the surest path to failure.” ~ William Butler Yeats Leadership Arrogance: Are You A Monkey’s Uncle? Leadership Arrogance can destroy you, your team, and a whole lot more! A while ago I received a third unsolicited email from a “leader” in my industry. I have never met this person, don’t know them, and…