How To Unleash the Power of the Spinal Tap Leadership Principle

Leadership requires “10 out of 10” level leadership day in and day out. But are there times when a leader must go even beyond “10 out of 10”? Yes. Sometimes. Sometimes a leader must punch their amp up to “11”. Fans of the classic comedy film This is Spinal Tap know exactly what I’m talking about. This…

5 Huge Ways Leaders Win By Just Showing Up

Woody Allen has famously said, “80% of success in life is just showing up.” Most leaders do a good job of showing up to their office and showing up in meetings. But there’s another huge arena where some some often overlooked leadership wins can be achieved. It’s those unscheduled, unplanned sometimes impromptu gatherings that don’t show…

5 Surprising Ways That “I’m So Busy” Is A Credibility Killer

In a world that has attached a strange nobility to the notion of being busy, effective leaders stand out by avoiding the “I’m so busy” trap. One of the most effective leaders I’ve ever known was highly productive, and yet operated at a pace that was somehow both urgent and yet unhurried. I learned a…

How a Line in the Sand Strengthens Your Leadership

Have you drawn a leadership line in the sand? A line in the sand is where your core values intersect with real life situations. Several years ago I was called in to help stabilize a non-profit organization which had been in a financial tailspin. About three months into this journey the Chief Financial Officer came into…