We hope you will agree: there is a wealth of useful information in the following blogs. If you go to the oldest posts, you will see we have been, for a long time, covering topics around heart-centered leadership and the liberation of purpose, passion and power of teams and organizations. The specifics of world events and your industry's challenges may change, but the key leadership tools and practices remain the same.
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Courage in the Valley of Death
A digital version of Staub's timeless book for leaders, this easy read offers tools and insights on how to courageously face change and new beginnings.
There is an old saying that there are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened! Obviously leaders fall into the first category. What is not so obvious and is often missed in understanding this saying is that the leaders are the ones who make things happen by drawing members from categories two (those who watch) and three(those who wonder what happened) into the first category (those who make things happen).Read More
What is the essence of powerful and effective leadership? What causes one person to succeed and another to fail? Scanning the past 2,000 years of recorded history reveals that leaders are ultimately known by the actions they take as well as the practices they demonstrate. These actions are measured by bottom-line results as well as by the relationships created. Leading is really about engaging others in a unified focus that is geared at producing outstanding results (such as achieving a vision).Read More
Leadership, practiced at its best, is the art and science of calling to the hearts and minds of others. It is engaging others in an enterprise of sound strategic focus, where they can experience a sense of ownership, of making a difference, of being valued and adding value.Read More
We have grown up in a society which, for the past 100 years, has prized following directions, being obedient, and maintaining the status quo in our schooling and work environments. Management has been the “science” of running a business, and an MBA is both a status symbol and the ticket […]Read More
Successful companies, such as Microsoft, that were once innovation leaders in their fields often fall into the trap of being driven by their shareholders. Shareholders want minimal risk and steady returns on their investment. Innovative companies frequently need to risk failure in order to succeed. Today’s leadership challenge is to keep both shareholder’s concerns and innovation’s risk, and reward, in balance.Read More
Whenever we back away from confronting a difficult issue, it doesn’t disappear or get better on its own. It festers, grows, and undermines our power. When we avoid confronting painful situations or problems in relationships, we inflict damage on our souls and compromise our integrity.Read More
It takes great courage to see the current reality – and to see it clearly – without using the great defenses of the ego, such as pretense, excuse, denial, blame, or rationalization. Your current reality includes not only the things you are proud of, and all of your accomplishments, it also includes the things of which you are ashamed, or that you would rather forget, or that you just won’t see. It includes your defeats and losses. For most of us, it is easy to justify or deny our culpability in problematic relationships, troubled work environments, or disappointments in life. It is hard to see and own the places where our living experience is painful, constrained, or diminished. It is difficult to accept the criticisms of others. These painful experiences are the sum of our losses, disappointments, and self-doubts. They indicate where we have abandoned our power by giving in to fear or self-limiting beliefs.Read More
The courage to dream and put forth your dream is essential if you are to claim the power to create your life and bring out the best in yourself and others. It allows you to orient yourself at any time and in any place, based on a consistent vision that forms the inner core of your amazing strength. This act allows you to pursue what you most desire, pulling you toward a more powerful sense of self and self-worth.Read More
It seems to me that the world is stuck. We have political parties with seemingly irreconcilable differences, polarizing opinions on guns, abortion, the environment, with no signs of compromise and no apparent hope of resolution. The rancor from all sides has devolved to a single position: “Just say no.” No matter what price there is to pay. I’ve spent my life thinking about leadership and courage and over the next several posts to these pages I will offer my thoughts on the Courage it takes to Lead.Read More
What are you delegating down and out to those around you? This means being very clear as to where you can play at your best and offer the greatest value. To do that, once you have identified it, will require handing things off, delegating out and developing others.Read More
“What is my highest and best use?” When you ask that question and really think about it, it forces you to step outside the current structure of what you are doing and consider a larger context, one with more meaningfulness and greater personal power.Read More
In my clinical work as a psychotherapist and in my consulting work, I find many people are really living more “at effect” – reacting to what others do, feeling imposed upon, focusing on that things and forces that concern them but over which they have no control, feeling victimized or powerless or at the very least resentful or upset and blaming others. It turns out that few seem to realize that they have the tremendous power of being the CHOOSER, of being At Choice in their lives.Read More
This is the last in the series on the four primary tools and methods for creating greater mental and overall flexibility to deal with discontinuities, challenges, opportunities and change. Resiliency is the capacity to spring back from set backs, stresses and discontinuities.Read More