Living Leadership

Living Leadership
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.

Agree to accountability

Agree to accountability

Too often we study, coach, teach, but then do we practice and make leadership a habit? I would argue that holding ourselves and others accountable is the most difficult challenge we face, and one that we all face every day.

Embrace the ugly

Embrace the ugly

When is the last time you came to work with no makeup, hair not done and in your PJs? What's your answer? Never? Or would you answer with, "Why would anyone ever do that?" My answer would be "last week.

Lighten up, Francis

Lighten up, Francis

Sure, in our field we deal with life and death. There are days that we are dealing with tough stuff. There are also those days, however, when we take ourselves and our work way too seriously. We need to step back, pause and even laugh to get through the day.