Are You A Clever Leader? That’s Not A Good Thing!

When I was in the Army I learned that military life was long stretches of boredom interspersed with moments of trouble, tension and even terror. Interestingly enough, leadership follows a similar pattern. On most days leadership involves doing what is necessary to keep the ship floating and running properly. Decisions are usually straightforward and are […]

“Do It My Way Or I Am Leaving!”

All seasoned managers have faced this dilemma. An employee, (sometimes talented, sometimes not; sometimes experienced, sometimes not), threatens to leave if he or she does not get something they demand. It may be a promotion, a bonus, a pay increase or some other desired result. But the threat is always the same: these employees put […]


Normal Reaction or Being a Jerk? In Lisa Eadicicco’s recent article, “How Steve Jobs Reacted When A Top Apple Executive Left For A Competing Company”,, she describes Job’s disbelief and disappointment when a long time employee and friend left Apple for a job in another company. This is a common problem for leaderw when […]

Persuasive Communication: A Powerful Tool In The Leader’s Toolkit

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” The Captain, Road Prison 36 from Cool Hand Luke Leadership Communication Leadership communication is an interesting topic. First we know that communication is essential to any and all relationships. People cannot work together and collaborate together without the ability to communicate. As such, communication underlies everything […]

Does 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make A Great Leader?

“When I was in school the teachers told me practice makes perfect; then they told me nobody’s perfect so I stopped practicing.” Comedian – Steve Wright • 61% of Americans think athletic ability is mostly achieved through practice and hard work. • 25% think it is mostly something with which you are born. • 14% […]