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…

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…

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…

Fill the Knowing-Doing Gap

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The world’s most admired companies know how to stick with it. They may not have completely eliminated the knowing-doing gap, but they have certainly reduced it enough to create a significant competitive advantage. Of course, it’s nice to be recognized as one of the world’s most admired companies. However, bottom-line results are also a key…

10 Quotes to Boost Team Execution

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Team execution is easy to talk about and much more challenging to, well, execute. So, here are 10 quotes from Stick with It to help make this leadership concept more concrete. The most important thing in business (and life) is to decide what is most important.Saying "Yes" to one thing always means saying "No" to…

4 Factors for Sustainable Work Arrangements

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A business is not simply a collection of people doing individual tasks. The glue to any successful business is the way employees coordinate their work with others, communicate expectations and updates, collaborate on ideas to innovate, and share customer insights. Looking for the simplest way to perform job tasks to gain efficiency and maximize employee…

Think in Threes

Complexity creates a maze between you and success.  Simplicity creates a clear line of sight. Thinking in 3's is a technique we have been using for years. It is a powerful way to simplify organizational thinking. As a byproduct, it forces prioritization and focus, and the resulting clarity trickles down the organization. For example, we routinely…

Quotes to Inspire Adherence

The Adherence equation has been field-tested for 19 years and is featured in three of our books including the best seller Sticking to It. Here are a few of our quotes from those books to inspire you to stick to it. Sharpen Focus The most important decision in life is to decide what is most important.Complexity is…

Execution or Extinction?

Every successful business must plan and execute. How effectively you perform these vital activities determines whether you will survive or thrive. In other words, plan and execute or become extinct. In fact, senior executives predict that "very effective" strategy execution would improve operating profits by an average of 30 percent over two years. A lot…