Most leaders hire people that are like minded to build a comfortable culture. After all, what's better than coming to work each day with people you like? Growing research is telling us that this is a mistake. Diverse duos and teams are smarter, make better decisions, and are more innovate. See why here...
The NCAA recently banned two-a-day practices in football. I have two comments. "Good." This is a smart move given the mounting data concerning cumulative head injuries. And second, "Dadgumit." Where were all these smart people in the mid-1980's? I'll tell you where they weren't . . . on the practice field. The practice fields […]
Nothing differentiates leading from managing more than implementing CHANGE. Perhaps it is because change is often joined at the hip with innovation--launching a new product, creating a new service, or taking a company in a new direction. Sure, you have to manage each of these processes to see them to completion, but it takes leadership […]
Donald Trump cannot make America great again. Now before you read that statement as an endorsement of one political party or the other on my part, here's what I really believe: Government is not the answer. Like President Trump, Abraham Lincoln presided over a nation that was sharply divided. We have not reached the point […]
Do you ever wonder why certain leaders seem to achieve success faster? In his 2014 book, Smartcuts, Shane Snow poses this riddle as a possibility: Pretend you are driving a car in the middle of a torrential thunderstorm and you happen upon three people on the side of the road. One is a frail elderly […]
On Saturday, July 8th, the weather couldn't have been any better. The temperature was a crisp 92 degrees and the humidity hovered between 95 and 100%. Partly cloudy with a chance of sauna--typical summer weather for the Gulf Coast--and the perfect day to lay sod! I boldly announced to the family earlier in the week […]
To say my son Britton has a difficult time making decisions would be an understatement. When the boys were little, Christy had the privilege of staying home and watching soap operas with them. I came home from work one day and overheard Sam having a conversation with Chewbacca and Han Solo. Apparently, Han was lecturing […]
All leaders should take time for personal growth and development.
The lack of communication can have serious consequences. Information can be misconstrued. Relationships damaged. Productivity slowed. Or sometimes, it can simply leave a bad taste in your mouth. Let me explain. Early in our marriage, my wife and I lived on hilly, winding Windsor Drive in Homewood – a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Our little […]
I heard back from a lot of you on my previous blog about keeping New Year's Resolutions, so now that we are all headed back to the grind, I wanted to give you some more helpful tools as you set your 2017 goals. I will use a client as an example to show you how […]