Leadership is a High Contact Sport

Leadership is a High Contact Sport

A recent Forbes article was titled, “It’s Not The CEO, It’s the Leadership Strategy that Matters.” While provocative – and likely intentionally so – this title is bull. Saying that the Leadership Strategy is what matters, but the CEO doesn’t, is tantamount to saying...
Why Loving Your People Doesn’t Count: Part 2

Why Loving Your People Doesn’t Count: Part 2

Obviously, it is of utmost importance that we love our people. Leaders who do not love should immediately fire themselves, and then take a long walkabout in search of their soul. To lead and not to love is, definitionally, leadership malpractice! But – and this is a...
Why Loving Your People Doesn’t Count: Part 1

Why Loving Your People Doesn’t Count: Part 1

Robert Greenleaf, often erroneously called the “father of servant leadership,” said that servant leadership “begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” Mr. Greenleaf was right about many things, but on this point, he was wrong. I owe a...
The Application Gap

The Application Gap

In May I wrote about “closing the know-do gap.” In that piece, I quoted Margery Blanchard who says, “The gap between knowing and doing is larger than the gap between knowledge and ignorance.” We keep cramming ourselves full of new things to know, but the real deal of...