What's Your Picture of the Future?

As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Secret, I thought I’d write about each of the five practices Ken and I outlined in the book. Although the practices were never intended to represent the steps or process of becoming a leader, the first practice is where...

Big Idea: Great Leaders Serve

During an interview last week, I was asked: What’s the biggest insight you’ve had regarding leadership throughout your career? That’s a really good question. How about you – how would you answer that question? The microphone is yours, what would you say? I really do...
People Always Watch the Leader

People Always Watch the Leader

People always watch the leader – whether you want them to or not. What are they looking for? Fundamentally, people are watching the leader for clues – clues regarding what’s important to the leader and clues to determine if the leader is trustworthy. The good...

The Power of AND

The fourth practice in the Great Leaders SERVE model is Value Results and Relationships.  This is the most difficult of the five practices for many leaders – it’s certainly the most difficult for me. When I ask other leaders why this is so hard, they all...
3 Ways Leaders Reinvent Their World

3 Ways Leaders Reinvent Their World

As you think about your childhood, can you remember going by car to some exciting destination?  Okay, maybe it wasn’t exciting, but you were in the car and you asked the question that kids have been asking since Henry Ford produced the Model T – “Are we there yet?”...
4 Ways Leaders Help People Grow

4 Ways Leaders Help People Grow

The final facet of Engage and Develop Others is to develop others.  For some leaders this comes very naturally and for others it is a discipline that must be cultivated.  Regardless of the ease or rigor required, the leaders we admire the most figure this out. There...