Be a Sean, not a Tom

I recently watched as a good man failed to be promoted to a position he had long sought. When I look back at the deliberations of those who decided this man’s fate, there really was one issue that settled the matter. I’m frustrated by this, because this one issue was [read more]

2021-01-26T14:12:23-05:00January 27th, 2021|Leading Thoughts|

Who’s on Point?

As you know, I don’t usually talk politics in these Leading Thoughts. It follows, then, that I won’t be writing here in any great detail about what happened at our US Capitol building in DC. Yet I don’t mind drawing out an important principle of leadership that will help you. [read more]

2021-01-11T17:08:31-05:00January 13th, 2021|Leading Thoughts|

2020 Year End

I’m moved as I write this Leading Thoughts. It is the last one for 2020. Many of you have shared your challenges, your losses, your growth, and your victories with me in recent months. It means a great deal. I’m proud of you and eager to see you happy, successful, [read more]

2020-12-14T16:18:26-05:00December 16th, 2020|Leading Thoughts|

Courage is a Decision

I was watching a series on Netflix this past week when I heard words that echoed what was already circulating in my soul. In a fine series called The Liberator, a sergeant says to a terrified soldier, “Fear is a response. Courage is a decision.” I couldn’t agree more and [read more]

2020-12-07T10:55:02-05:00December 9th, 2020|Leading Thoughts|

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|
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