Unleash Your Potential

A few summers ago my family vacationed in beautiful St. Lucia.  One of our adventures included climbing Gros Piton (meaning "Large Peak").  It was billed as a casual 2-hour hike to the peak at 2,619 feet.  As the photo above shows, we quickly found out that it was more like climbing steep boulders.  Think of it as a…

Followership

A few years back I had the privilege of interviewing Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus at Southwest Airlines and chief nurturer of their famed culture. She has since become a treasured friend. You can watch that interview here. Colleen has mentioned that she is as good a follower as she is a leader. During our interview,…

16 Things Every Leader Should Know

Having spent the past 23+ years serving leaders and leading others myself, we have accumulated some practical perspectives on leadership. Your time is valuable, so we've boiled them down to bite-size nuggets:   On Attitude:  Life's rewards go to those who let their actions rise above their excuses.A life filled with positive attitude is also…

Liberty and Passion for All

With Independence Day right in front of us, I wanted to share this video from a visit to the Statue of Liberty to illustrate how passion enables us to perform ordinary tasks in extraordinary ways. https://youtu.be/86ad8SmgkiU You can inspire your team to deliver passionate performance by fulfilling six universal needs: 3 Intellectual needs:  Achievement, Autonomy,…

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…