On Leadership: Sleep Before You Decide

Years ago I read My American Journey by Colin Powell and was impressed by his life and principles of leadership.  One principle in particular stuck with me and I have applied it in my own life and in my coaching: "Sleep before you decide." Mr. Powell has worked at the highest levels of the American … Continue reading On Leadership: Sleep Before You Decide

On Executive Management: Creating a Company Culture

If you haven't read Tony Hsieh's book, Delivering Happiness, I highly recommend you do.  Tony is the CEO of Zappos.com and outlines how he has established a culture of service at Zappos among other leadership and management lessons. I had the opportunity to visit Zappos recently and experienced their Zappos Premier Tour.  It was an … Continue reading On Executive Management: Creating a Company Culture

On Leadership: Integrity

I have been rereading Stephen M.R. Covey's wonderful book, The Speed of Trust, and felt the share a story he used to teach integrity.  Dr. Covey defines integrity when there is no gap between intent and behavior.  He calls this congruence. Dr. Covey illustrates this principle with a story about Mahatma Gandhi.  "At one point … Continue reading On Leadership: Integrity

Book Recommendation on Team Building: Running Into the Wind

Football and business.  A great combination to keep your interest, which Running into the Wind: Bronco Mendenhall - 5 Strategies for Building a Successful Team does all the way to its end.  Paul Gustavson and Alyson Von Feldt share a behind-the-scenes look at the remaking of BYU Football under the leadership of Bronco Mendenhall using … Continue reading Book Recommendation on Team Building: Running Into the Wind

On Leadership: You Are One When You Become One

Early in my professional career I thought I knew it all.  I was confident in myself and my abilities and felt I should have the opportunity for greater responsibility.  I boldly informed my superiors of this desire and fully expected them to gratefully open the doors for me to lead and prosper. They didn't. Don't … Continue reading On Leadership: You Are One When You Become One

Book Recommendation: The Innovator’s DNA

I just finished a great book by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen called The Innovator's DNA:  Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators.  In it the authors share the results extensive interviews and research to identify the five skills of individual innovators and found in innovative organizations.  They reference IDEO, Apple, Google, … Continue reading Book Recommendation: The Innovator’s DNA