The blogs in this category are related to the following critical leadership competencies:

  1. Taking actions and delivering quantifiable results.
  2. Communicating tangible value to all key stakeholders.
  3. Analyzing complex situations and creating solutions.
  4. Translating purpose, goals and objectives into actionable plans, tasks, responsibilities, schedules and budgets.
  5. Understanding and accommodating key stakeholder interests.
  6. Managing activities, resources, time and risk.


Leaders Create The Conditions For Emergence

Zippered Chrysalis

A client cancelled a meeting today. So I'm catching up on reading. Roger Trapp just posted on Forbes, Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels.

Yes. Agreed. There is a dearth of qualified leaders, and for many reasons, as Trapp details.

I also read a pedigreed academic study from the School's of Economics at both Stanford and London, and McKinsey. The study surveyed 4000 mid-sized companies, observing that a relatively small and sustained investment in leadership training results in a 25% increase in staff productivity and 65% increase in return on capital. Not surprising. But it is nice to have the numbers. That a debate even exists...

How to deal with stress in the workplace - The SCARF model

Work Stress

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the blog post Simple Stress Management Tools. It was so popular that I decided this week to follow-up on this topic.

I thought it might also be appropriate to introduce you to Nick Petrie. He is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership and is a guru on the latest leadership research. I connected with Nick and he gave me permission to share his latest blog video (below) -  “The SCARF Model - How to deal with stress at work” I recommend it on so many levels, if only for another cool accent! His blog is also worthy of your attention...

Leaders Are Accountable For Business Culture (e.g., Fabrice Tourre Followed The Leader)

So, Fabrice Tourre, it really was a crime.
In the end, Wall Street greed drove Mr. Tourre to lie and deceive. -- SEC lawyer Matthew Martens 

Former Goldman Sachs vice president Fabrice Tourre was found liable today. He knowingly deceived investors about the real value of the mortgage-related financial products he was selling. They were toxic bombs. We now all know the story. So do tens of millions of others who suffered from the implosion of a deregulated financial sector's ability to create wealth for itself and pass the risk on to, well, tens of millions of others.

I'll let HuffPo reflect my frustration of the gov't's ability to bust only a foot soldier so far...

Become A Total Leader In 20 Weeks

Become a total leader in 20 weeks.

A couple of blog posts ago I made the statement about the future of leadership development, and how I don't think current leadership development approaches are enough to equip leaders in our current business environment. This is especially true when considering how much change leaders are  facing daily as a result of globalization and technology.

Because of this, I believe there are three important keys to the future of leadership development:

What Can Leaders Learn From A 16-Year-Old Gymnast?

What can leaders learn from a 16-year-old gymnast?A female gymnast leaps into the air during a floor routine during competition.

What can leaders learn from a 16-year-old gymnast?A female gymnast leaps into the air during a floor routine during competition.

Earlier this year I had the privilege to work with an elite 16-year-old gymnast. She started her year with a couple of falls on the vault and was struggling to move on. These mistakes got into her head and paralyzed her so much that she could not stop falling. It was just two weeks before her State meet that I was approached to help her with her “Game Within”!!!

In our first session it became clear that she was gripped with fear...

Authoring Your Own Success Story

organizational development strategy

I’ve spoken with many senior leaders of nonprofit organizations who are caught up in stories that fall short of being stories about success and greatness. Not that these leaders aren’t doing exemplary work, but their day-to-day narratives are too often not the narratives of greatness. And I can empathize with why this is so—I’ve been there.

As the CEO of a small nonprofit in Massachusetts, I faced the challenge of holding to the higher vision and core mission of our organization in face of very real organizational and financial challenges. I stepped into the leadership position at a stage in our development where we could no longer run on the energy and passion that gave rise to the organization. As I learned from the exceptionally gifted and experienced organizational development consultant who was guiding us through this crisis, at 18 years of age—late adolescence in her words—we were hitting the same wall that many nonprofits hit at this age...

Team Culture and Business Model Alignment Equals Business Immortality


Team culture and business model alignment means businesses can live forever.  In fact, according to Sterling Seagrave's classic book "Lords of the Rim", about Chinese companies in Hong Kong, some offshore Chinese companies have been chartered and in business for thousands of years. However, their team cultures and business models certainly don't look as they did when they began. In some cases, what were once noodle shops have evolved into global electronics manufacturers or banks.

One of the key characteristics of a high-performance enterprise team is the ability to adapt to the environment. To adapt requires continuous innovation. And, continuous innovation requires alignment between top team culture and business model(s)...