when it's your turn on the bench

You are a team member. That is your role. What is wrong with that? Drive, hunger and desire to win are all part of being a strong member of any team. Where things can become a problem is when those attributes are focused on personal advancement over the present needs of the team. We know … Continue reading

pushing through disbelief

People are generally skeptical before they believe. We all know that one of the most important skills of any leader is the ability to communicate a message that moves others to follow them. This is not a revolutionary idea. In fact, it is the most basic understanding of what a leader does. Yet, leaders in … Continue reading

who are you talking to, and why

This should not be as obvious as you think. Yet we keep doing the same thing over and over and still we struggle to land messages. Too many organizational messages don’t land, because we spend almost no time considering the diversity in our audience and the reason they each need to hear the message. The … Continue reading

recovering from bad conflict

When conflict goes too far we call that “crossing the line.” Most teams don’t get close enough to the line and never experience how much conflict they can actually handle. Just like developing any muscle it is the cycle of tension and recovery that makes the bonds in a team stronger. Recovery is critical. Yet … Continue reading

the pursuit of Truth

A moment of discomfort can prevent a lifetime of pain. A friend of mine has had several strokes as he has aged. Years ago, his blood pressure was raised as an issue, but rather than deal with the discomfort of getting healthy, he avoided reality and is paying for it now for the rest of … Continue reading

it’s time to believe

The people you lead are waiting. The people you lead are waiting for you. The people you lead are waiting for you to believe. The people you lead are waiting for you to believe there is a better place. The people you lead are waiting for you to believe there is a better place worth … Continue reading

the letting go

Letting go is the hardest part of moving forward. Change is hard. There are three reasons why change is hard: The new thing is not compelling enough. Getting to the new thing is harder and messier than we thought. The old thing is hard to let go of No matter how compelling your vision… No … Continue reading

leader goes first

If you want to lead them, you must go to them.  …they certainly won’t come to you. CEO’s will have the most influence when they are close to their people–most importantly of which is their executive team. When you make the time to go to them you show them you care about them. When they … Continue reading


It is really about how much you believe. You will never build a great team if you don’t really believe in your heart that the mission of the organization is of great importance. Once factor I see in effective CEO’s–that build truly cohesive teams that trust each other, have good conflict and accountability–is that they … Continue reading

the leader has to lead

It is quite obvious I would think, but sometimes I run across a CEO who seems to forget this. I most notice this in team meetings. A team meeting is the leaders arena. That is when a leader pulls their most trusted people into a room to discuss how well things are going and what … Continue reading