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Do You Know My Name?

Earlier this week, I checked into the resort where I was speaking at a conference.  I’m estimating that I spent all of five minutes at…

Hurricane Florence

I am helping with hurricane relief efforts this week, my regular blog will return next Thursday.  

The Price of a Stretch

In yoga class, my teacher will sometimes ask us to pose and stand with outstretched arms.  It’s quite simple.  She’ll then ask if we can…

Confidence vs. Contempt

Contempt is: I am above you, separate. Confidence is: We are in this together, I know the way forward. Leadership is understanding the difference.  …

Deputies for Your Deputies

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports that Uber has filled its CFO job, a spot that had been vacant for 3 years.  The same article reports…

Setting the Bar

If you lead yourself well, you will find that leading others is less taxing, not because you’ll be spending less time developing your team, but…

Delegating with Precision, Part 2

What to do when there is more work than minutes in a day and your external activities, those obligations that are not central to your…

Delegating with Precision

I was talking with a client this morning who simply has more to do in a day (and night) than they can get done.  This…

Staying Tuned

One of the key themes that emerged from my conversations with leaders across all different domains for The Making Magnificence Project® (which continues, by the…

You Need Walking Billboards

When my mechanic, David, tells me that my car needs new tires, or new anything, my response is always the same: I ask when I…

Selma

If you’ve heard me deliver a keynote on Magnificent Leadership®, then you’ve likely heard me express  gratitude for the courage and generosity of the leaders…

Happy Fourth!

My regular blog will return next week.

Walking in Montepulciano

The dirt road that I walked in Italy last week was recommended by someone in town.  Not heavily traveled, it would put me exactly where…

Are You Rewarding Your Underperformers?

Or are you only rewarding the victorious? If your focus is on building more than a high performing team but, instead, an innovative, self-correcting team,™…

Are You Using Crisis?

There is an old debate about whether leaders are born rather than made. But what if it’s both, simultaneously? What if crisis births leaders and…

What You Need Instead of Executive Presence

If there’s a catchphrase that promises a magic, silver bullet for new and seasoned executives alike, it’s executive presence. Why? Because it attempts to capture…

You’re Invited! Registration Closing Soon

If you’re a consultant, coach, speaker, or entrepreneur, I’m hosting a special event on May 31st in Charlotte.  Join me for a regional meeting of…

When Drama Is a Good Thing

“We know you,” the manager at my favorite hotel said to me. Earlier that afternoon, after I’d finished a business lunch and my guest had…

Into the Wind

A recent trip to the beach found me running into a pretty strong headwind.  So strong, that my visor blew off my head.  Three times.…

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