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Imagination is Fuel

Let me state it plainly. Mental rigidity is death to great leadership. Imagination is fuel to great leadership. I’ve been watching some recent news stories through the lens of this truth and it has been inspiring and disturbing all at the same time. For example, we all saw the news [read more]

2021-02-24T13:52:24-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Leading Thoughts|

Know Thy Stressed Self

Plato tells us that one of Socrates’ central maxims was, “Know thyself.” This is wise for all people, but it is absolutely essential for leaders. Let’s take one particular challenge leaders face to help us see why this is true. Most people are different under stress than they are when [read more]

2021-02-22T12:08:48-05:00February 24th, 2021|Leading Thoughts|

Think Like Tom Brady

I want to talk to you about your “leadership diet” but let me talk to you about diets of another kind first. With the excitement and drama of the recent American Super Bowl, the world has become vastly interested in the diet of Tom Brady. For a man in his [read more]

2021-02-22T12:06:00-05:00February 17th, 2021|Leading Thoughts|

Maxims to Live By

One of the arts of leadership that I urge strongly is that leaders distill and internalize maxims—short statements of wisdom. I urge them to memorize these maxims, to live them, to talk about them, and to be generous in passing them on to the young. This is part of the [read more]

2021-02-22T12:06:13-05:00February 10th, 2021|Leading Thoughts|

Framing Your Team Members

Let me describe one of the most important leadership truths I know. It is that a good leader inspires his or her people by “framing” them, by describing them and even nicknaming them so as to elevate them and help them see themselves in higher terms. My man Winston Churchill [read more]

2021-02-02T17:02:34-05:00February 3rd, 2021|Leading Thoughts|

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|
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