Talent Talk: What Makes A Level Five Leader

A few months ago, I was a guest on Chris Dyer’s Talent Talk, a radio/podcast series. Our discussion covered a bit of my history in the military, and an overview of The Big 6 Leadership Principles®. There was an interesting question that came up: We’ve talked about The Big 6 Leadership Principles®. (We’ve also talked … Read more

The Resiliency of A Level 5 Culture

Culture—the way people think, behave, and work in an organization—is difficult to control. Thankfully, that’s not what our model asks of leaders. Leaders of an “All In” culture seek to influence culture versus controlling it. Because we humans are complex animals, developing (and maintaining) a culture of excellence is time-consuming, challenging work. Leadership is the … Read more

A Level Five Culture in Antarctica?

A Level Five Culture in Antarctica? Yes, as unusual as it sounds. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton, British explorer, embarked on an expedition to traverse Antarctica. His recruiting ad in The London Times read: “Men wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and … Read more

What Is A “Level 5” Culture?

By now, you’ve seen the term Level 5 used a lot around here. It’s even in our name! You might be wondering what we mean by Level 5. Here’s some explanation. Over the course of four decades, I’ve been exposed to each of the five levels of culture described below. For brevity’s sake, I’ve given … Read more