Where Does the Buck Stop?

President Harry Truman famously kept a sign on his Oval Office desk that read, “The Buck Stops Here.” People loved it. Truman followed Franklin Roosevelt who had been in ill health for quite some time before he died. The change to a higher energy leadership was refreshing. Also, during World [read more]

2020-11-10T13:36:17-05:00November 11th, 2020|Leading Thoughts|

Anger is a Cancer

There is a force that deforms leadership. It arises from within the leader and it permeates everything he or she does. The team feels it. Those outside the firm feel it. Family and friends certainly feel it. Yet because it is a force that can feel like strength and command [read more]

2020-10-27T15:05:21-04:00October 28th, 2020|Leading Thoughts|

A Culture of Learning

The traditional transaction between a worker and an employer is: “You work and I’ll pay you.” Yet the wise leader understands that he or she can expand that transaction and not only make their firm a greater success but also change lives. Let me tell you about a bakery owner [read more]

2020-09-15T15:36:56-04:00September 16th, 2020|Leading Thoughts|

The #2 Leaders

These Leading Thoughts are for senior leaders, and this means that each of us is likely to have extremely capable people at our side, making our vision possible. I certainly do. My Executive Assistant is Karen Montgomery, and she is an amazing gift. She is far over-qualified for what she does for [read more]

2020-08-25T13:18:48-04:00August 26th, 2020|Leading Thoughts|


I want to talk to you about integrity in your leadership, but in order to hit my target I need to rework what the word integrity means. Let me do this by quoting a paragraph from Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men.  The army of ancient Rome used this word [integrity] [read more]

2020-08-18T17:40:42-04:00August 19th, 2020|Leading Thoughts|
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