What do you truly value?

From the annals of Aesop’s fables comes a lesson from stag on what’s truly valuable. Reflecting on his image in a pool of water, a great stag admired the strength, size and shape of his comely antlers. But of his trifling feet of small split hooves, he pitied himself. A lion appeared and the stag Read More

Respect—it’s everywhere you want to be

It isn’t image. It’s not the money. And it isn’t power, prestige or even political capital: What drives both progress and profits inside every organization is a simple thing called respect. Universally recognized and traded (“It’s everywhere you want to be!”), respect is the currency of people on the move, who know and work its Read More

Life and leadership on the road

A couple of years ago my wife and I took a cross-country road trip from eastern Pennsylvania to southern California and back: a journey of 21 days and nearly as many surprising yet practical lessons in living fully and leading intentionally. Right from the start, we had planned to camp at least some of the Read More

I gotta be me!

We Americans are suckers for originality. Have you ever noticed how many products are marketed as “Revolutionary New!” or TV episodes that are “All-New!”? Computers are designed to create regular demand for upgrades with planned obsolescence. We sleep on sidewalks to obtain new gadgets, we pay premiums for primo stuff, we must have the latest: Read More

Why virtue matters

Even when it hurts, it’s good. New research from the University of Notre Dame found that people can purposefully and dramatically reduce their everyday occurrences of lying, and in doing so, significantly improve their physical health. Not only that, the “Science of Honesty” study also revealed that truth-tellers improved their interpersonal relationships and enjoyed smoother Read More

Are you talkin’ to me?!

Of all the people with whom you interact every day, there’s just one who both starts and ends your day with you: that familiar, good-looking one in the mirror! As a leader, that’s the one who spends a major part of each day helping to create the future by casting the vision, developing buy-in and Read More