Imagine a company that truly lived by its values. Imagine a company where Trust was a core value. What would it be like to work for a company that habitually operated like the values they espouse? Continue Reading…
I am an optimist. If you have read my blogs in the past, you know this. Few people follow pessimists anywhere. Pessimists usually keep themselves and those around them from making any progress or experiencing growth.
I understand that past experiences may cause some people to be pessimists. But I do believe being an optimist or a pessimist is a choice. That choice will often determine the quality of a person’s life and their impact on the lives of others. Continue Reading…
What if we did not allow early failure to become enduring failure? We all try. But do we try long enough? Do we persevere?
What makes some persevere and others quit? For a lot of us, it is the habit of making excuses. The willingness to make excuses stops many people from going past Plan A or Plan B.
Too often, once we have tried Plan A or Plan B that seems good enough. What about Plan C, D, E, F, G…?
Ownership or excuses. One is the mark of a leader. The other is a sign that I am bound for mediocrity and failure. In the long run, people who make excuses stall out.
Making excuses is a habit. I wrote about how West Point deals with this habit in West Point: How Leaders Seize Accountability. But what are the results for me if I habitually make excuses?
Lying, cheating, and cowardice, are all habits that can become addictions in the same way smoking, drinking, pornography and drugs can become addictions.
I have often used the latter to explain how our character habits are formed. But last week I heard Pete Hinojosa (www.petehinojosa.com) speak on leading and coaching people. As he discussed a leader’s role in affecting the beliefs of his people he defined addiction:
An addiction is a compulsive belief or behavior that brings short-term benefit but creates long-term problems. Continue Reading…
Who do I trust? And why do I trust them? There are a lot of things that play a role in whom I trust.
Integrity, consistency, and reliability are just a few. I trust people who display these attributes – most of the time. However, even the most honest, consistent and reliable person will lose my trust if they are arrogant.
Humility inspires trust. Arrogance creates doubt.
Doubt kills trust. Continue Reading…
Looking back, the eye rolling was inevitable. Everyone on the leadership team knew the idea was unlikely to work.
Our boss had sparked the doubts. “We need to initiate a mentoring program. The Human Resources department can work on developing a program we can roll out in the fourth quarter.”
We were all thinking one thing: “Oh no. Another program.” Continue Reading…
“Why should I do that?” she asked.
“It’s called leadership.” I said trying to reassure her. “It’s what leaders do.”
Webster defines leadership. College textbooks define leadership. Leadership books define leadership. I even define leadership. (Leadership: Beyond the Dictionary Definition)
Sometimes those definitions are adequate and sometimes they are not. Some are very academic, some are theoretical and some are practical. But what does leadership look like? Is there a list of actions that illustrate leadership?
There is now! Continue Reading…
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There is plenty of movement but you never know if it is going forward, backward or sideways.”
-H. Jackson Brown
Me: “Hey Laura. How are things going?”
Laura: “It’s been a busy week Dave. I’ve been running non-stop since Monday.”
I always want to surround myself with talented high-energy people. These people energize me. But, they can also wear me out. Why? Because many believe that doing a lot of STUFF makes a difference.
It had been almost five years since I had seen my West Point classmate. I always enjoyed seeing him. We have a common bond all academy graduates have. But, after our first hour together, he said something that rocked my world.
“Dave, you haven’t changed a bit.”
I smiled and secretly hoped he was talking about my pant size.