4 Ways Feedback Transforms Passion Into Performance

I have long approached leadership as an art form, a process of expression in which we allow something incredibly genuine to emerge from within, a truly intimate perspective shared with those looking to us for guidance. While people remain the passion behind the purpose, feedback transforms their potential into performance. Still, leaders can struggle with … Continue reading 4 Ways Feedback Transforms Passion Into Performance

How To Avoid Becoming A Helicopter Leader

There he was, hovering in the background. His presence was undeniable: indirect stare accompanied by a slight tilt of the head, positioned to listen in on our conversation with seemingly bionic-grade hearing. “Supervisor” on his badge defined his position. What happened next confirmed his intention. A front-line associate had just apologized for a previous service … Continue reading How To Avoid Becoming A Helicopter Leader

Three Words Reveal An Undeniable Truth: Leadership Is Organic

Leadership is organic. It is a living, breathing, carbon-based complex process. Like all living things, true leadership possesses an incredible, inherent strength, in balance with a delicate, almost fragile sense of vulnerability.  Grassroots at its best, it must be nurtured to bear fruit. Leadership is also the innate ability to make others feel as you … Continue reading Three Words Reveal An Undeniable Truth: Leadership Is Organic

4 Lessons In Change From Aprils Past

“Swéete April Showers, Doo spring Maie flowers” This instructional prose, captured within poet Thomas Tusser’s Five Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, has seen its share of changes over time. More commonly known in the limerick form ‘April showers bring May flowers’, the sentiment offered 16th century farmers practical insight into the natural benefit of change: … Continue reading 4 Lessons In Change From Aprils Past

3 Phases of Next Assignment Readiness Add Clarity To Personal Growth

Dreams, ambition, desires, aspirations . . . all define your destiny, a vision of somewhere you want to be. As any Navigator worth their weight in sea salt knows, confirming your current position is paramount to setting a course and direction for your ultimate destination. Next Assignment Readiness is a naturally occurring perspective within Personal Development … Continue reading 3 Phases of Next Assignment Readiness Add Clarity To Personal Growth

3 Steps To Simplify Your Personal Growth And Development

Remember back when you were a child . . .                                    You would spend all day playing, doing things that you loved to do. Imagination took you to places your dreams said you should go.               Creativity was limitless, as you saw yourself being who you wanted to be, not what someone told you to become. You … Continue reading 3 Steps To Simplify Your Personal Growth And Development

A Relevant Question: What’s In It For Me?

Mere utterance of the following five words, whether whispered or shouted, can force even the most compassionate person into a state of wonder and confusion: What's in it for me? How someone could be so self-centered as to imagine the world actually revolves around them? Amazing.   Viewed from a simplified perspective, we recognize the … Continue reading A Relevant Question: What’s In It For Me?

Not Just Any Green Light, Waiting For Your Green Light

Dreams come to us from two perspectives, one being the vision you have for a much, much brighter tomorrow. The other is the nightly phenomenon that drifts into your psyche like an ethereal mentor, one whose guidance is plentiful, yet ambiguous, the overall message clouded with cryptic expression. We’ll start with the latter one first, … Continue reading Not Just Any Green Light, Waiting For Your Green Light

Our Most Important Objective: Developing Others

“We’re in the development business. Our goal is to develop people where we need them to be, which is, we hope, where they want to be” Somewhere between Tall Tim and Chef Scott Over time, people have heard me speak to or have read this quote and asked, “What does ‘somewhere between’ mean?”  It’s a … Continue reading Our Most Important Objective: Developing Others