Living Leadership

Living Leadership
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.

Speak Leadership ... often

Speak Leadership ... often

Sometimes a true leadership conversation is all you need to get yourself back on track.

Can you push just a little more?

Can you push just a little more?

As leaders, if we don't give our teams the ability to dream bigger than they ever have before, they never will. I hate the word "permission." It's more than granting them permission — it's challenging them in a way many of them have never expected to be challenged before.

Do the right thing when people are watching!

Do the right thing when people are watching!

Every once in a while a leadership principle that you have held on to tightly for years gets turned on its ear.

Island time is leadership time

Island time is leadership time

Here is my "I was just on vacation" blog. What could this possibly have to do with leadership? Well, everything.