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 […]

Taking responsibility

Taking Responsibility On my way to work recently I heard three ads for services that sparked a deep concern. They were for services to get your debt slashed significantly – to “pay less than you owe”. Before you get indignant and decide to fire off a steaming email to me about my ‘lack of sensitivity […]

Cross-Cultural – Cross-Purposes

Cross-cultural communications is a hot topic for businesses for an interesting reason:  Businesses and the people in them are convinced that if they could just surmount the huge challenges offered in a cross-cultural environment they could make teams and strategies soar. Really? One of the major challenges of your personal and professional leadership is the […]

When your leadership is in what you don’t do

What you don’t do. It can be odd to think of your leadership style, your communications style or professional identity in terms of what you don’t do.   Think, for a moment, about what is involved in what you don’t do. The morality that is the foundation of the ethics that come in to play […]

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. […]

2013 – and cliffs that have nothing to do with the government

Independence is something many people dearly treasure.  I am one of them. Despite that, I am about to embark on a business partnership with someone who, while I trust and respect him, has had just as rocky a track record in business as anybody might.  The cliff I stand on may lead to the most […]

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’. […]

Walking the Talk

There will be times, for some of us at least, when our need to be financially secure will vie for priority with our desire/need to be family/heart-secure. One of those times may well be coming up for me. It got me to thinking. If the heart of leadership can be seen in the consistency between […]

How accountability is a two way street

Can you really teach accountability? Yes. Is this society one that allows and rewards the teaching of accountability? Not in my experience. Ask a manager who has to build a supporting case of documentation worthy of a Supreme Court hearing in order to severely reprimand or terminate an employee for lack of performance. Ask any […]