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What Not to Say In Your Town Hall Meeting

Don’t say much.  Of course, share updates, successes, future focus.  Give specific shout outs to exemplary teams and team members.  Talk about the road ahead,…

Are You Working Hard Enough?

I was out on a run in Tucson, moving over rocky, hilly terrain, when I realized that even though miles are important, their quality might…

Building Lateral Performance

It’s no surprise that clear and consistent standards and expectations are part of building self-correcting teams (see last week’s blog). But an added benefit and…

You Don’t Need a High Performing Team

If you’re running a company, a region, or a business unit, you don’t need a high performing team.  You need a self-correcting team. Why? Because…

Most Like Yourself

I’ve recently had conversations with two different clients about how they can most be themselves as leaders, bringing the whole of their talents and abilities…

If It’s Good Enough for Buffett

You’ve got a succession plan, right? Or at least a strategy? You’ve identified those critical roles in your organization that need backup? And you’re grooming…

You Want Sustained Success This Year?

You’re gonna go out of the gate fast.  That’s how the new year begins.  We bring our highest aspirations to the starting line.  Which is…

Send the Dog Back Out

There were many things that struck me when I talked with Logan Bennett, Director of the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association, during our interview for…

The List You’ll Want to Check Twice

For the second year in a row, I’ve asked clients, colleagues, and leaders from The Making Magnificence Project® for their most-loved book of the year. Below…

Staying Grounded in the Storm

The pressures of executive leadership can be extreme.  Incredibly jam-packed days, responsibilities to different audiences and stakeholders, high visibility.  There is often little space to…

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and yours an abundance of all good things as we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US this week.

The Price of Incivility

My dog’s veterinarian once called me a walking billboard. Great service and expertise always catch my attention.  I mean, really catch my attention.  It doesn’t…

Brand Management: Your Own

One of the almost-predictive markers of how well a client will use our engagement is how they respond to my suggestion for key stakeholder interviews.…

Delegating For Real

In the last week, I’ve had three different conversations with three different executives on the subject of delegation.  These leaders are in different industries and…

You Control the Narrative

A funny thing happened on the way home from delivering the closing keynote on Magnificent Leadership® at the Richmond Strategic Leadership Conference.  At the behest…