On Leadership: Building Credibility

    True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. ~ John Gardner Left untended, knowledge and skill, like all assets, depreciate in value - surprisingly quickly. ~ David Maister Executives are like professional athletes.  They must continually perform at a high level or they will not have the opportunity to be … Continue reading On Leadership: Building Credibility

On Leadership: The West Point Way

  Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline. ~ Jim Collins My favorite author on greatness is Jim Collins so I was thrilled to see an article in the latest Inc. regarding Mr. Collins' experience teaching at West Point as the Class … Continue reading On Leadership: The West Point Way

On Leadership: Keep It Super Simple

  So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. ~ Peter Drucker Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. ~ General Colin Powell I just finished the book The Ultimate Question 2.0: How … Continue reading On Leadership: Keep It Super Simple

On Leadership: The Courage To Stand for Principle

  Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but as the determination to live decently. A moral coward … Continue reading On Leadership: The Courage To Stand for Principle

On Leadership: Counsel Mitigates Weakness

 Counsel mitigates the weakness of the individual.~ Steven Lee ElderFor leaders, especially the CEO, there is a temptation to think or believe that just because you are the top executive then that means you know it all. Your wisdom is greater than all others.  This is very dangerous, especially in business.  When the CEO or … Continue reading On Leadership: Counsel Mitigates Weakness