On Greatness: The Power of Principles and Standards

  You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that. ~ Michael Jordan "A new hospital administrator, holding his first staff meeting, thought that a rather difficult matter had been settled to everyone’s satisfaction, when one participant suddenly … Continue reading On Greatness: The Power of Principles and Standards

On Executive Management: Listen First, Speak Last

In an article published and then reprinted in Harvard Business Review, management authority Peter Drucker lists eight practices of effective executives.  At the end he concludes: "We just reviewed eight practices of effective executives.  I'm going to throw in one final bonus practice.  This one is so important that I will elevate it to a rule: … Continue reading On Executive Management: Listen First, Speak Last

On Organizational Leadership: The First Rule

You cannot prevent a major catastrophe, but you can build an organization that is battle-ready, that has high morale, that knows how to behave, that trusts itself, and where people trust one another.  In military training, the first rule is to instill soldiers with trust in their officers, because without trust they won't fight. ~ … Continue reading On Organizational Leadership: The First Rule