On Message and On Time

Recently a Wall Street Journal article (The Short Answer) on presidential candidate Marco Rubio had an closing line that struck me as the sound-bite for project managers. After focusing much of the video article on whether or not Rubio would rise to the bait and comment on Trump or any of Trump’s comments the commentator […]

Team Dynamics and the Beast Named ‘Good Intentions’

I’m an optimist. I often say that “Most people don’t get up in the morning with the express purpose of trying to ruin your day.” And I believe that it’s true. So how does it happen that so many times is is easy to feel like that is exactly what is happening – and it’s […]

A killer competency of leadership – listening

Recently I read a post tied to a video called “I am a Boxer”. It was particularly poignant because over the holiday weekend I had been told by two men what a feminist was. Both of these men were over a decade older than I am. And from where I am sitting I believe that […]

The power of quiet grace

It has always been my contention that the best leaders always remember that nothing happens without other people.  Sometimes it is hard to remember that the leaders must also take into account that they, too, are people. And at times it might be difficult for those who look up to leaders to remember that.  I […]

Boundaries, discretion and lies

Perhaps one of the most important areas of leadership is trust – the trust that we can and will be truthful. Aligned with that is the trust that you will not inflict harm.   Part of that trust is the trust that you will take care to avoid inflicting harm accidentally – either to your […]

Self-control, forgiving, and truly assessing your leadership value

Are you always proud of the way that you’ve handled situations?  I confess, I’m not. And, as we go into a new year, it seemed appropriate to reflect on that simple confession. Every morning I awake with a goal of being a better person than I was.  And every day I disappoint myself a little. […]

Lessons learned about walking my talk

There we were, a bunch of speakers in one room, starting a new program to teach us about the business of the speaking business. And they announce that we will work in teams and will need a team leader.  Before I can stop myself I mutter “Not me – I don’t think I have the […]

Good enough now rather than perfection never

Along every road you travel there will be potholes, possible re-routes, tantalizing temptations to take a tiny little detour – in other words, all manner of distractions that will take you right off of your appointed path. One of the most insidious distractions comes in the virtuous guise of ‘not settling’ or ‘reaching for excellence’. […]