I like to read about the history of the conquest of the West of the United States. It’s easy to get caught up on the romance of those first families breaking trail to Oregon, or to California. But the fact is that opening trail isn’t the most comfortable place to be. Yes, you have the thrill to be “the first.” But also the worries, and unexpected, and the dangerous. Those pioneers were brave!
Leading is about trailblazing. . . Continue reading »
It depends on how you define success. . .
Maria Popva recent posting on Brain Pickings about Success got me thinking about the whole quest for success. She is right on when she hints there are as many definitions of success as people that talk about it. Maria reports that:
“Thoreau saw it [success] as a matter of greeting each day with gratitude and for designer Paula Scher, it’s about the capacity for growth; for Jad Abumrad, it comes after some necessary “gut churn”; for Jackson Pollock’s dad, it was about being fully awake to the world.”
The wind has been blowing all night and with the light of day I can see it’s work all around me. Do you feel it? It blows some times harder than others. It shakes anything loose. It scatters seeds. It can break limbs. It propels. It can bring energy or disaster. How is it for you? Continue reading »
Many think that leaders are supposed to be demanding, critical, and driven, among other things. The problem is that many of the behaviors exhibited by leaders can easily be classified as bullying behaviors. How do you know if you are being a leader. . . or a glorified bully? Continue reading »
A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water. – Sidney Goff
Some leaders have a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Can you imagine how many problems you could avoid or easily deal with if you keep your mouth shut? Today we are going to see when it pays to keep your mouth shut. Continue reading »
Yesterday, I was interacting with @Chascritical in tweeter. He was talking about custodianship as one of the purposes of a board of directors, which helps fix their minds on the long term, when so often it’s forced to be short term. It made me think this is one aspect of leadership that is rarely mentioned. This is what this post will cover. Continue reading »