Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

Next time you are in the gym, take a look around at the new faces you see. These are the people who set a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape and lose weight. Most of them won’t be in the gym with you in a couple of months. Research shows that less than 10% of […]

REI Reaps Rewards By Putting Purpose Before Profit

As we approach the holidays, retail businesses are in high gear preparing for their most profitable season. For many companies, the holiday season largely determines their outcome for the year. The fate of leaders during this season has a profound effect on their careers. Miss your targets and your job may be in jeopardy. Resulting […]

5 Steps to Self-Discipline

Think about the last time you decided to improve something about yourself, your team or a relationship. If you’re like most people, you started strongly, then faded slightly, then faded more and eventually slipped back into the same pattern that motivated you to make the change initially. It bothers you when you think about it, […]

How Lin-Manuel Miranda Created a Smash Hit: Leadership Lessons

When’s the last time you’ve heard so much buzz about a Broadway musical? Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda has turned a history lesson into a serious case of ticket envy across America. Even before Hamilton was nominated for a record sixteen Tony awards and claimed eleven top prizes, people have been willing to stand in […]

What Does Success Mean to You?

Many individuals seek success. Is there anything wrong with that? Let’s face it, success is better than failure. Winning is better than losing. But high performers can also seek success for the wrong reasons. In addition to creating plans and goals to achieve success, I believe it’s important for high performers to understand why they […]

What Motivates You?

You’ve seen the familiar headlines. A professional athlete destroys his locker after a loss… Or complains that he isn’t getting the ball enough… Or complains about other teammates in the press rather than behind closed doors. The executive lavishly refurbishes his office with shareholder money, as if to create a personal shrine…Or allows the company […]

What We Can Learn From Adversity

Adversity comes in many forms. It could be the loss of a big game, failing to get a promotion, a bombed presentation or losing a business deal to a competitor. More seriously, adversity may come in the form of  being fired, having significant financial difficulty, a relationship ending or serious illness. Regardless of the variety, […]

Can You REALLY Let Go of the Outcome?

I’ve written before on the concept of process versus outcome in achieving sustainable excellence (see Understanding Process & Outcome). As a leader, coach or performer the basic concept is simple. Focus on the task at hand and let the outcomes take care of themselves. I’ve spoken with countless clients about this over the years. But recently, […]

Redefining Passion In Leadership

In your leadership journey you have undoubtedly heard about the need for passion. It’s true that passion is essential to excellence. But I find leadership passion is very misunderstood. Passion comes in many different packages. When we think of passion we often go to images of highly charismatic, often dramatic, leaders giving impassioned speeches to […]

Do One Thing Better Today

Readers of this blog know we focus on sustainable excellence. Many individuals, teams and organizations have tasted excellence periodically. It goes down well on the palate, doesn’t it? Like the perfectly aged Bordeaux, the perfectly executed recipe, the perfect balance of flavors in a great meal. But consistently delivering superior results over time is another […]