How to destroy the debilitating effects of (gulp!) ignorance within

Ignorance is debilitating. Being ignorant does not mean a person is stupid or unintelligent. It simply refers to knowledge not possessed, like a little child who is ignorant of how to drive a car. I myself am ignorant of a great many things, including international macroeconomics, internal medicine, and my way around the kitchen. However, Read More

Take a turn at the front

Migrating Canada geese have a very public and proven way of spearheading their progress. By advancing together in a vee, their leader induces an aerodynamic lift for all who follow. And if you observe carefully, you’ll note that the Chief Honker switches periodically, as another energetic follower extends its neck and takes the lead for Read More

Intuitive by choice, not by chance

Turns out I was clueless. And true to the diagnosis, I didn’t even know it. I only first realized it some years after I got married: that there really was something to the “women’s intuition” that Carol displayed, especially as she turned out to be correct, more often than not, in discerning the real intentions Read More

12 most engaging investments for a more rewarding return

What is your primary goal as a leader? Is it to advance your own career? If so, check the integrity of the wall your shaky ladder is leaning on. Self-promotion has no foundation and is often constructed of mere imagery. It has a tendency to crumble under pressure. (And then where are you? Looking up Read More

Neutralize negativity to lead with a positive charge

A particular duck hunter once had a prized Chesapeake Bay Retriever who not only loved water and was by nature a very happy and affectionate companion, but also possessed a one-of-a-kind skill: it could walk on water. One day the hunter invited an old friend to accompany him on a hunt to the marsh so Read More

Live what you believe

Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to live the difference-making life of an effective leader. Your gallant acts in the workplace will be challenged by cynics, skeptics, scoffers and mockers. So what. Your bold morality is exactly what’s needed to lift the humdrum to the superb, the ordinary to extraordinary, and the dream Read More

Ascending the levels of leadership

The neighborhood playground where I grew up contained a popular multilevel merry-go-round. Mounted above its rotating platform were two higher levels of successively smaller diameter. The wildest ride was always found on the crowded, lowest level where centrifugal force could fling you out on the grass where your head could continue to spin. Climbing to Read More

Blazing brilliantly for the best

During one of the seemingly annual debilitating October snowstorms in my area, a branch fell across the power lines outside my house and caught on fire.  As we gazed, the blaze soon fired the wire itself, then ran with it all the way to the transformer at the edge of our property. An immediate and Read More