Leadership

Are You a Leader or Task Manager?

When I see clients running around, never quite getting ahead of the ball, my inner anthropologist kicks in. Such frenzied activity offers important clues which tell me those clients: (1) haven’t delegated enough; (2) are at the mercy of their calendar and outer circumstances; and...

If You’re the Company Founder, You Probably Shouldn’t Be the CEO

That may seem counterintuitive. Who better to lead the company than the person who created it? What many founders fail to realize, however, is that a vision and its evangelization is nourished with a certain kind of fuel — and it’s very different from the...

Your Company: Real Teamwork or Fantasy Football?

The hardest thing for most people to do is lead by getting out of the way. There’s a common theme I’ve found in conversations with hundreds of human beings that I like to call the “fantasy football of leadership.”...

Be kind, not nice

“Kind” and “nice” are two very different things. At its most manipulative, niceness is a mask to facilitate the getting of something. Kindness, however, is a way of being in the world. It requires self-reflection, and discernment. ...

A Tale of Two Women

This was my first guest post for ONE.org, an organization I'm honored to work with not only because of their humanitarian efforts, but also for the use of "hard-headed" in their tagline. The photo above is courtesy of my dear friend C.C. Chapman, who toured...