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.  This leader had…

4 Important Lines Leaders Navigate To Be Effective

Leaders love starting lines, and they love finish lines. But effective leaders know that the battle is often won in the less glamorous “in-between” lines. Starting lines provide energy and excitement. They represent the launch of a new project or initiative. They represent take off, lift off and the possibilities of a new leadership adventure. But…

How to Leverage the Power of Leadership Declarations

What you declare will go a long way to determining who you will become. Many leaders have values, most have opinions, and some even have convictions. But declarations are different. A leadership declaration is a personal statement of resolve that definitively underscores a leader’s core “DNA”. As an example, when I was in my early…

How to Design A Powerful Start to a Great Leadership Day

What you accomplish in your day is largely driven by the momentum you have when you start the day. Watch the most effective leaders. You’ll find that they hit the ground running each morning, and that early momentum continues throughout the day. The “secret sauce” of that momentum often found in the decluttering of their…