#38 – Competence

It’s worth fighting for more competent leaders. You don’t tolerate incompetence from your doctor or your accountant but do you feel the same about your leaders? Maybe you think that effective leadership is that much harder to measure than the successful treatment of an illness or the filing of a tax return. I don’t buyContinue reading “#38 – Competence”

#32 – What Power is For

The purpose of power – at its highest and most noble application – is to make other people powerful. At a material level, solar power is a great example of how this works. The panels on our home convert the sun’s rays into energy that is brought back inside in the form of electricity. WeContinue reading “#32 – What Power is For”

#23 – Get Closer

This is #23 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” This is another one I think is worth your time. As valuable – as essential – as the big picture is, it is meaningless if it does not include an intimate awareness of what is happening at ground level. A coastal hillside, monochromatic againstContinue reading “#23 – Get Closer”

#19 – Assume They Didn’t Understand You

This is #19 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Here’s another one you might enjoy. Because much of the time, even most of the time, they didn’t. And we, confident in both our content and delivery, having put in the time to get it “just right,” convince ourselves that they most certainly did.Continue reading “#19 – Assume They Didn’t Understand You”

#12 – Never Be Afraid to Reinvent Yourself

This is #12 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” I took a new job last fall. I call it a “real” job because after the wonderful variety of  consulting work I’ve done for the last 7 years, as compelling and rewarding as that has been, it feels great to come to an officeContinue reading “#12 – Never Be Afraid to Reinvent Yourself”

#10 – “Development” is a Verb

This is #10 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Development is an action. Like any effective action it requires insight and planning (reflection) to precede it but, at its core, development is about forward movement and progress. This is not to convey an image of “leaps and bounds” but of an active progressionContinue reading “#10 – “Development” is a Verb”

#6 – You Are Creative

This is #6 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” “There is no such thing as creative and non-creative people, only people who use their creativity and people who don’t.” — Brené Brown Say to a room full of 1st graders, “Raise your hand if you are creative” and every hand goes up. SayContinue reading “#6 – You Are Creative”

#3 – Know Your Values

Between now and March 22, I am happy to share “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Our values guide our decision-making. Clear values make it possible for us to assess any significant question (Should I move there? Take that job? Work with/for those people? Build a stronger relationship with this person? Fight for this idea? SpendContinue reading “#3 – Know Your Values”

I Don’t Know

“The human ego prefers knowing and being certain over being honest. ‘Don’t bother me with the truth, I want to be in control,’ it invariably says. Most people who think they are fully conscious or ‘smart’ and in control, have a big iron manhole cover over their unconscious. It does give them a sense ofContinue reading “I Don’t Know”

Who Am I Being?

“I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi Ben Zander, orchestra conductor and co-author of “The Art of Possibility,” had an epiphany about why his players weren’t producing the sound he wanted. Instead of berating them for a lack of preparation, professionalismContinue reading “Who Am I Being?”