A Picture Says 10,000 Words

When I spoke at an Inc. magazine-sponsored Build LIVE event in Boston, a very talented graphic facilitator, Kelvy Bird, captured my 10,000+ word presentation in this picture. Kelvy had never heard my presentation before, so she was listening, organizing, capturing, and creating this in real-time ... impressive! So, for those of you who don’t like…

100% Commitment

As we have all learned through some of life's harder lessons – whether from helping a friend through a tough time, coaching a little league team, or working on a critical project – giving our best always gets the best results. The moment we totally commit ourselves and begin giving 100 percent, a certain momentum…

Your Father’s Legacy

On March 4, 1914, my late father, Peter Colantuono was born and would soon become part of the Greatest Generation. Over 100 years later, I sit in my ergonomic office chair gazing out my window at a beautiful tree line. It’s a welcomed mental break from considering a particular client’s challenge and polishing up a…

Guacamole and Customer Value

For years, Julie and I had a date night each Wednesday night while our children were young. We would often go to dinner at a local TexMex restaurant. An experience during one of our visits helped me see the direct, positive business impact of passionately performing employees. An energetic waiter came charging up to our table…

Top 10 Reasons Leaders Fail

We have worked with thousands of leaders since co-founding The L Group in 1999. Here is what we have observed as the top 10 derailers of leadership success. Have all the answers. (instead of asking all the questions)Not connecting with the person behind the employee. (view employees as a means to an end)Slow decision-making. (underutilizing…

Connecting

Here is an excerpt from Leadership Matters. It contains 31 daily insights to inspire extraordinary results. day 7: Connections How often do you hear people speak with envy about companies with “real heart”? Companies like Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, Southwest Airlines, Harley-Davidson, Nordstrom, The Container Store, Apple, FedEx, Fossil and Google, to name a few.…

Exercise Your Heart

  There is no exercise better for the HEART than reaching downand lifting people UP. - John Holmes Have a need?  Help someone else succeed. If you are a servant leader at work or a servant leader to the world, take a moment to pause and lift someone up today. It's the fastest way to lift yourself up. Learn simple…

Speechless Leadership

There is one statement that validates your integrity when stated by another, and we have all heard it before: "He really walks the talk." Sure, it's a statement of personal alignment — that your actions match your words. Unfortunately, in today's world of loose-lipped leaders in all arenas, talk has become quite cheap. So, we…

Peanuts Wisdom

Sparky didn't have much going for him. He failed every subject in eighth grade. In high school he flunked Latin, Algebra, English, and Physics. He made the golf team but lost the only important match of the season, and then he lost the consolation match. He was awkward socially. He never once asked a girl…