I met another musician at a wedding several years ago who shared a perspective that has been formative for me not just as a musician but also as a leader, a father, and a friend.
He said once you’ve taken your place on stage with instrument or Continue reading “The Value of Constant Preparation”
Volunteering at one of the Lighten Up Boulder events. Standing on the corner of a busy intersection during rush hour. Giving away free bike and pedestrian lights to anyone passing by, no strings attached! Just free lights to promote safety.
30% of the people who stopped came right up and asked what was going on. Continue reading “Focus on the 90”
I will have a good time.
Attitude is EVERYTHING.
If it’s not what I want, don’t say it.
Continue reading “Affirmations for the Introvert Leader”
Simply telling people “We need a process to capture and track customer complaints” isn’t enough.
Holding a meeting to figure out which people should be involved in the process, isn’t enough.
Continue reading “Organizational Muscle Memory”
When prioritizing work, especially the key initiatives you are pursuing, it can be helpful to do a quick exercise. I’ve used this whenever I start to feel I have too many initiatives – how to choose which to work on today?
Continue reading “Prioritizing Initiatives”
There’s a scene near the end of the movie Miracle about the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team, which won a surprising gold medal and defeated the then-dominant Russian team who had held a worldwide dominance for 2 decades. The coach, played by actor Kurt Russell, walks into the locker room Continue reading “Essence of Leadership”
Leaders have new ideas. They want to improve their organizations. They roll out programs and communicate expectations. Too often, they do this once and expect the organization changes, instantly, because they willed it.
Continue reading “Blue in the Face”
Any construction worker will tell you a 20-oz framing hammer, the perfect size and weight for driving structural nails into solid wood framing, is not the right hammer for finish work. For finish work, use a lighter weight hammer with a specific clean finish head. And no one would use a finish Continue reading “The Right Hammer”