Living Leadership

Living Leadership
Cleaning — the time for reflection

Cleaning — the time for reflection

One piece of advice I've heard over the years is to touch each piece of paper only once. In other words, as an item comes across your desk, pick it up only once before you do something with it. Great advice, but for me, completely unrealistic.

At the end of the day

At the end of the day

All anyone expects you to do is show up, be your best possible you, and come back tomorrow and do it all over again.

Leadership phrases to know

Leadership phrases to know

The older I get, the more I tend to rely on frequent phrases. It's my dad in me ... he has many phrases, some of which I've shared in this blog ("Lighten up, Francis.") from time to time. Now I find myself using phrases to drive points home. But I might need to come up with a few new ones.

The perfectly imperfect leader

The perfectly imperfect leader

Did you sign a contract to be perfect? I don't recall signing one, yet as leaders we are held to a higher standard, sometimes so high it's unachievable. Perfection rarely is.

It's time to get away

It's time to get away

We were not meant to work without time to reflect and have a break.

What isn't being said

What isn't being said

Disclaimer: This is not scientific. I can, however, tell you I believe this notion to be true based on the hundreds of leadership conversations I've had, or haven't had.

Trust before truth — Take 2

Trust before truth — Take 2

How do you continue to be a strong leader when you are feeling personally attacked or hurt by another person who claims to be a leader? It's a great question to ask your work teams. Answers are not easy to give or judge.

Confessions of a competitive CEO

Confessions of a competitive CEO

It's OK to admit it: Competition, even if it's with yourself to do better, be a better leader, is encouraged and we should embrace it. So here are my confessions about it.

The leadership hangover

The leadership hangover

As we circled in the air over Chicago on Wednesday to hear, "Sorry, folks, we have to go back to Indianapolis because the rain is too heavy for us to get into Chicago," I thought to myself, "Great, this is where the hangover begins."

Conversation with my younger self

Conversation with my younger self

As we grow personally and professionally, aren't there things we all wish we would have known prior to making the choices or decisions we did? I'm not talking about information you can study in a book, I'm talking about experience. Here are my tips.