What Makes a Leader? Being a Non-Anxious Presence Amidst Anxious People

Gravity and the Power of Resilience

I’ve discovered over time that the rush of life into the tender place where we are broken is the beginning of resilience.” – Mark Nepo The astonishing new film Gravity by director Alfonso Cuoron tells the story of astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, who finds herself alone in space after the death of … Continue reading

My Top 20 Books on Leadership and Management

There is no shortage of books on leadership and management these days, and it’s a bit difficult to know where to begin. I have spent the last several reading a number of them, and I also have tracked the preferences of those I respect in the field. If I had to recommend 20 best books … Continue reading

Playing to Win: The Essential Questions of Strategy

Former Proctor & Gamble CEO A.G. Laffley and Rotman School of Management Dean Roger Martin have written a most helpful book on organizational strategy, using key decisions at P&G to illustrate the key questions of strategic planning. Though the book is rooted in corporate assumptions and decision making, any organization can use the principles of … Continue reading

Those Entitled Millennials: Who Are They?

Everywhere I go to visit clients, managers are telling me about their difficulties in managing and leading the Millennial Generation. The conversation always begins the same way: “They feel so entitled.” “Everyone gets a trophy.” “No one wants to earn anything.” If that’s true, and perhaps it is for some in this generation, how did … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception, A Jesus Perspective

As I listened to today’s Gospel reading at church, it occurred to me that no one has better described being “out of the box” in our conflict and relationship with others than Jesus. As I reflect on the significance of Leadership & Self-Deception, I think that the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception: A Spiritual Perspective

All things are possible when we realize the truth is not trapped by what we see on the outside– Jason Upton Two weeks ago, I wrote an extensive 5 part series of reflection on the book Leadership and Self-Deception. It perhaps is the most important book that I’ve read in the last five years, and … Continue reading