Why You Need To Know Which Team You’re Really Leading

Every leader leads two teams; there’s the team you inherited, and there’s the team you built. This key truth has been one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned with respect to team leadership. The team you inherited were already in place before you showed up. They had been assembled by your predecessor, and…

How to Recognize the Moments of Truth that Establish Your Leadership

Leadership is a role that must re re-established every day, by passing through a series of “moments of truth”. The key is to recognize those moments when they come along. A moment of truth takes the form of opportunities to do the right thing, over doing the easy thing. This morning my first moment of…

Big Problem? Know Which Bucket Has the Solution

Some leadership challenges remain unsolved, because you’re looking in the wrong bucket for the answer. Years ago I inherited the task of trimming $400,000 out of a $3,000,000 budget. The first $200,000 had been relatively painless. But now the job needed deep cuts; I needed to trim another $200,000, and I had run out of…

Why Leaders Must Know How To Seize An Ice Cream Season

There’s a huge difference between generating momentum, and simply enjoying momentum. That’s a lesson I learned in my days as a younger leader, serving as the chair person of a non-profit organization. During a board meeting, as we reviewed some very strong accomplishments of the charity, I said to the board, “This board has achieved incredible…