Excelling without Yelling

Excelling without Yelling

Guest post from Mike Horne. Sam was at it again with Brian, long-term colleagues, this time in a meeting with 70 others. The exchange between Sam and Brain was familiar to many and always disturbing and disruptive. Sam said, “You’re stupid if you think that will...
What Leaders Can Learn from Crazy Horse – Part 2

What Leaders Can Learn from Crazy Horse – Part 2

When you played cowboys and Indians as a kid, did you want to be the cowboy or the Indian? I wanted to be the Indian. All the ones I saw in comic books had supercool moccasins and could move around with their bow and arrows without making a sound. And there were...
What Leaders Can Learn from Crazy Horse – Part 1

What Leaders Can Learn from Crazy Horse – Part 1

We live in an era of statue-removal. Meanwhile the largest mountain carving in the world is under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota just seventeen miles from Mount Rushmore. The final carving will be 640 feet long and over 50 stories high. The subject of...
Reach: The Leadership Side of Purpose-Driven

Reach: The Leadership Side of Purpose-Driven

“A man’s [person’s] reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for.” It was a Robert Browning quote I admired even before I fully understood what it meant. It is not about purpose, it is about a pathway to purpose, along the lines of a focus on the journey...
The Leader’s Guide to Valentines

The Leader’s Guide to Valentines

I bet you think this is going to be a blog about praising and affirming your employees. Valentines are obviously those colorful cards with sweet “be my valentine” sayings and pink graphics. We all like getting them, even if it makes us feel a bit silly. But the...
The Moral of the Donkey in the Well

The Moral of the Donkey in the Well

There is an antique story about an old donkey who fell in the farmer’s abandoned well.  Crying out, the donkey alerted the farmer who summoned his nearby neighbors to help him get the donkey out of the deep well. Their efforts proved totally fruitless. So, the...