Can’t Lead From the Weeds

There are those in positions of power who get lost in their own egos and need to be in the center of things.  These people wind up leading with techniques like micro-managing, helicopter-managing or incessantly dabbling in the workings of their particular organizations and even the work of other organizations.  They get placed in these… Read More

Warm Work Relationships

What about work relationships? A friend from South Africa emailed me and asked me follow up on the recent post about “the warmth of our close relationships have more to do with our success than money or fame” After high school or college and prior to retirement we spend the majority of our lives interacting… Read More

Are you a Victim of your Own Success?

As we go through life we build momentum.  Our decisions and actions produce results.  Those results may lead to success or failure.  When we find failure, we have the opportunity to learn how to do things better and avoid those failings in the future.  Provided we learn from our mistakes, we build success on our… Read More

Emergent Happiness

There’s an excellent post at The Good Vader by Julio Lara about the “Anatomy of a Happy Life.” He indicates freedom, variety and change are essential.  He talks of his personal experience and observations which I find correlate well with my own.  A few key points popped out at me including: not allowing our physical… Read More

Who’s Your Leader?

I had the opportunity to attend a Situational Leadership Training course through work this week.  The situational leadership model is a leadership theory by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard.  Their theory combines recognition of individuals competence and commitment through four distinct cycles with a task based approach to helping people maximize their potential.  The information… Read More

Embracing Confrontation

My wife and I were discussing having leadership roles at work.  Confrontation is unavoidable.  Trust issues come up.  People want to be seen as powerful or experienced and thus show themselves like a bird of paradise or peacock.  When issues and confrontations do arise, the leader has a choice to make.  As in the wild,… Read More