Finding The Truth

The Truth… What’s That? It seems we live in a world where there’s my truth, your truth, her truth and his truth. Everyone determines their own truth. It’s a world where we find our truth in books and magazines, in what respected people tell us, from personal experience, through journalistic reporting and from TV shows

Death by What is Not

You may know that guy – I know I do. Sometimes I even act like him (or her). It’s that guy who seems always to find what’s wrong in his life and who concentrates on what’s not going as he would like. He’s the guy who focuses on what is not –  not making enough

That Empty Feeling

Have you reached a high level of success but still have an empty feeling? Sometimes fulfillment and personal gratification elude us. We strive for goals, but even when achieved, satisfaction is elusive. As author John Maxwell said: “We attempt to solve an inward problem with outward solutions.”   Inward problems that inhibit fulfillment, significance and

Are Your Employees Volunteers?

Most people need to be led, some people want to be led. One challenge we face in the U.S. is we have morphed into a volunteer employment society—volunteer in the sense that opportunity is so great and unemployment so low that people have options. They voluntarily work at a particular organization because it fits them,

Surviving or Thriving?

To achieve transformational impact, we must abandon status quo thinking. Too many business leaders proclaim themselves “change agents” – the problem with change is that change merely fixes past mistakes, or at best, marginally enhances existing operations. Change is about surviving.   Transformation is necessary to enable sustainable positive results in this uncertain world of

Fragile Trust

Trust is essential for healthy interpersonal relationships and productive interactions within organizations. Sadly and without exception, each of us has experienced a situation where trust was lost. Sometimes it’s due to intentional acts, sometimes unintentional. Often, after the fact in less extreme cases, it may be difficult to remember exactly “why” or “how” the trust

Destructive Pride & The Antidote

It is amazing how seldom humility is referenced in books about leadership and then, frequently, only by honorable mention. Why something so important for transformational leadership is so seldom discussed is beyond my comprehension. Perhaps it’s because the topic is misunderstood. Perhaps it’s because humility itself is so elusive. Interestingly, humility’s antonym—pride—frequently is understood as

Valentine’s and Leadership

Question: What do Valentine’s Day and leadership have in common? Answer: The heart. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the heart and effective leadership is a matter of the heart. Effective leadership is heart-centered. It is not, contrary to popular opinion, primarily about intelligence, competency, strategy or execution. Effective leadership that inspires and sustains extraordinary

It’s That Simple

For many of us, the New Year prompts time for reflection, for planning and for fresh starts. It’s a time to renew commitment to goals. It’s a time to execute strategies. It’s a time to launch new initiatives. Remembering my prior successes and past failures, I’ve settled on guiding principles for 2018: Live-out personal and

Transformational Power

I hope you’ll find this article seasonally appropriate and pertinent to VBL. My goal is to highlight the cornerstone of Values-Based Leadership – HUMILITY. Whatever your religious view, Christmas is acknowledged widely as a celebration of Jesus’ birth. Most theologians and many historians would agree that Jesus modeled a life – and leadership style – of absolute humility,