The Fear Factor

“Only the paranoid survive.” – attributed to Andrew Grove, former CEO of Intel Happy New Year!  Here comes 2021, and we are rolling into it with all kinds of weird aspects of life continuing from the nightmarish year we experienced in 2020.  In addition to an insidious pandemic, there is stress everywhere you look.  Unemployment … Read more

Lessons of 2020

“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” – David McCullough I don’t think we’ll find many people who disagree with the notion that 2020 has been a truly historic year. To say that it has been transformational is probably an understatement.  We could go on and on about what’s … Read more

The Bias for Proximity

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell Here we are in a hybrid leadership world (with “hybrid” defined by Webster as “something of mixed origin or composition”).  For most of us, the term now means we are leading teams and organizations where some … Read more

Leadership Succession: Who’s Next Up?

“A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.” – John C. Maxwell In my younger days, I was an aspiring baseball player, relegated initially to the bench for a couple of seemingly endless seasons.  One coach I remember distinctly used to tell us ‘bench-riders’ that we could never just sit there if we really wanted … Read more

Leading From a Distance: Becoming Better at “Distance Leadership”

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max De Pree It seems like every conversation I hear these days is about the challenges of virtual communication and leadership. In the pre-pandemic days, I focused on scheduling “face-to-face” … Read more

Creating Opportunity: Where Opportunity Lives

Here’s one entrepreneur’s view on creating opportunity… This is from Biz Stone, one of the original co-founders of social media giant Twitter: “I grew up in a very affluent town, but my parents divorced when I was young. My father wasn’t much involved in my life, and we were poor. Many kids I knew played … Read more