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Failure to Confront

There is one untended duty, one failure to act, that I have seen cause more loss, more devastation, more embarrassment, and more weakening of teams than any other. I’m going to tell you what it is and then challenge you to fix it. That one oft-repeated failure on the part [read more]

2020-01-21T14:44:25-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Leading Thoughts|


If you are like most people in the world, you entered 2020 with some New Year’s resolutions. And, if you are like most people in the world, those resolutions were fairly demanding. You are going to lose forty pounds or train for a marathon or make another $100,000 this year [read more]

2020-01-13T16:17:17-05:00January 15th, 2020|Leading Thoughts|

The Effective Meeting

“Why do most business meetings suck?” This is a question I’m often asked. What people who ask this really want to know is why are the business meetings they attend so boring, so ineffective, and largely such a stunning waste of time. I understand this frustration. Let me offer some [read more]

2019-11-11T11:26:09-05:00November 6th, 2019|Leading Thoughts|

Why Leaders Read Fiction

If you’ve been with me in these Leading Thoughts for a while, then you know I focus on the “soft” factors of leadership. I believe the more technical factors are important, of course, but you have degrees, consultants, and professional organizations to help you with those. I want to help [read more]

2019-09-26T09:50:19-04:00September 25th, 2019|Leading Thoughts|