Values in Action

Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership. If you really want team values to take root, involve your team in the process of clarifying them. People are committed to what they help create, so let them interpret the values and define behaviors (within your acceptable boundaries). You can facilitate this process by asking questions…

Values in Action

Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership. Values like teamwork, service, integrity, and excellence are just concepts. You cannot measure and manage a concept. However, once you convert your values into actions and behaviors, then you can observe, measure, and manage them. That’s how you bring your values to life, by describing, communicating, and…

Clarify Expectations to Execute with Excellence

Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership. Many of today’s leadership practices are rooted in historical military testing, application, and refinement. But what can business leaders gain from current-day military leadership practices—specifically from the U.S. Navy—that have been honed for years? It turns out a lot! Thanks to his lifelong friend, retired Bob Ernst,…

Fundamental Four Questions

Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership. A simple, proven way to clarify your vision and inspire action is to answer the following Fundamental Four questions being asked by your team, whether you hear them or not: 1. What are we trying to achieve? (Goals)2. How are we going to achieve it? (Plans)3. How…

Clarify Values to Build a Strong Foundation

Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a world-famous tourist attraction, but unlike most architectural landmarks, it isn’t because of its breathtaking design. In fact, quite the opposite. Its architect never intended on it being a leaning bell tower. But something went very wrong during its 177 years…

Leader as Light

All living organisms move toward things that are life-sustaining and away from those that are life depleting. We see this in action when the plant on our windowsill moves toward the sunlight. Light activates chemical reactions in plants and people that generate life-giving energy. This movement toward light is called the heliotropic effect. It’s a…

Healthy Leadership

We want a healthy diet, finances, emotions, and habits too,But what about healthy leadership for me and you? Whether you lead a hundred people or just three,The healthy leader’s mantra is “Team over me.” The journey toward healthy leadership starts with you,To humility and service, we must stay true. Begin with principles like love, positivity,…

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,…