Improvement without Change

Improvement without change? It doesn’t happen. Not all change is an improvement, but all improvement requires change. I’ve been involved in an effort to improve some significant processes within an organization. Most everyone want to improve the processes; few are willing to actually change them. Recently someone threw up the old “change for the sake…

Ask a Better Question

If you are truly leading, you are truly learning. If you aren’t learning much, you aren’t leading very effectively. I am working on an article for a friend’s ebook. The focus will be on “what I wish I had known about leadership at the beginning.” Here’s an insight learned over many years of leading: “How…

Does Being Ethical Pay?

That is the focus of The Journal Report in today’s WSJ. The section provides some interesting insights into the dollars and cents of ethical behavior. Such questions, however, miss the point: if ethical behavior didn’t pay, should it be abandoned? What’s the alternative? I know business professionals are interested in the implications of ethical behavior,…

Beware of Brevity

Aristotle believed in the golden mean, the midway point between too little and too much of anything. Just as wordiness is too much, sometimes brevity can be too little. If you find yourself defending your brief communications, the clue phone is ringing for you. Recently a friend was justifiably incensed by something he read online.…

Getting to Know John McCain

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an important editorial piece about John McCain I really encourage you to read for two reasons (click here). First, there are some powerful stories about McCain’s character that will give you insights into who he is that you probably haven’t and won’t see elsewhere. Second, there is a lesson to…

Drive to Completion

Larry Bossidy’s book Execution was a bestseller. My friend Sam Giest just wrote a book called Execute…or Be Executed. Both books speak to the crucial need for leaders to create results. The road to Hades, as it is often said, is paved with good intentions. The road to success is paved with results. Nearly fifty…