Back in 2003 a famous incident occurred in Major League Baseball. The baseball story is just the backdrop. The real story is about power — and how you’d use yours.…[Continue Reading]
A client of mine just earned a huge new role at his company. His progress really accelerated about five years ago when he changed his old approach.
It was the stuff no one saw him doing that got him there.…[Continue Reading]
Last Friday night, Morgan William from Mississippi State caught the basketball at mid-court with 3.9 seconds left in a tie game. Her window of opportunity opened and closed in less time than it took you to read this paragraph.
Her story is one that can inspire and instruct every one of us who wants to make our dent in the Universe.…[Continue Reading]
For 10, 15, and 20 years, elite athletes have been preparing to win Gold in Rio. But for much longer, TV network executives have been preparing in a different way to guarantee you’ll stay tuned in.
Their secret is 100% relevant if YOU want to win Gold in the areas that matter to you.
How do the TV networks keep you coming back?
It’s hidden in plain sight: Storytelling.…[Continue Reading]
The Olympic Games kick off this week. Be selfish. Watch them. You will be better for it. Do you know why?
Catch the Champion virus.
While people are talking about the Zika virus in Brazil or complaining about the pollution in the water, Olympic athletes are focused on their goal: to win a Gold medal.
Being a champion is all about overcoming obstacles. Zika, dirty water, and other problems are just the next obstacles they’ll encounter.…[Continue Reading]
A good parable helps you retain a valuable lesson for a lifetime. But what if a parable that leaders love to tell is missing the point? Oops.
The story as it’s usually told….
If you put a bunch of crabs in a bucket, eventually one of them will climb to the top and start to escape. (That’s you!) Just as it’s about to break free, another crab reaches up and pulls it back down.…[Continue Reading]
On Sunday, January 16, 2000 in Santiago, Chile, I learned a lesson about freedom no textbook could ever teach. Mostly, I learned about my own ignorance.
I sat on a park bench by a river enjoying summertime in January. Fathers and sons kicked futbols back and forth, and young couples sought time alone.
It was a tranquil Sunday, until suddenly it wasn’t.
I heard car horns blaring on the street up the hill from us. I assumed it was a wedding or a family celebration. …[Continue Reading]
Are you owning your stage?
On Monday night, we saw a fantastic cabaret show. The star was Jane Lynch. But truthfully, we were mostly there to see my wife Brenda’s long-time friend, Kate Flannery, who was also in the show. You might know Kate as “Meredith” from The Office. (Yes, she’s as fun in person as on TV.)
One element from this show stage translates 100% to your leadership stage. If you can pull this off, you’ll never lack a loyal following.…[Continue Reading]
In 1996, 30 days after launching my consulting and coaching firm, I nervously walked into my first-ever consulting gig ready to change the world. I was also eager to prove wrong all of the doubters who said my new venture would fail.
Hopefully, the people you’re counting on won’t make the mistake I made.…[Continue Reading]
What’s it take to build a dynasty?
A good friend, Sarah or “Ms. Reck” to her students, directed her final band concert last Thursday after 32 years of teaching. She was a maestro at building a talent hotbed, a place where great talent is disproportionately concentrated. Cultivated over time, talent hotbeds can grow into dynasties.
Her mastery applies far beyond teaching…so pay attention students!
Sarah reluctantly agreed to let me write about her work so we can all learn. Confession: To get her agreement, I might have failed to mention I’d use the words “talent hotbed” and “dynasty.” Forgive me, Ms. Reck!…[Continue Reading]