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Ledecky, Neymar, and Getting Gritty

Late last year a board member gave me feedback on a CEO I was coaching. He concluded his comments with, “…and he has GRIT!” The…

How To Do Better By Doing Nothing

A few weeks ago, a colleague forwarded to me a sales coach’s June newsletter that admonished readers to avoid “laziness” and “overcome the dog days…

CEO Non-Negotiable #3

My son, Will, asked me the other day who some of my best bosses have been. I immediately thought of my first full-time boss, Captain…

CEO Non-Negotiable #2

(This is the second in a series of what I call “The 3 CEO Non-Negotiables” — responsibilities that lie squarely with the leader at the…

CEO Non-Negotiable #1

In the past few days, “vision” has been a repeat theme in my conversations with top leaders. 1) I heard board members encouraging a CEO…

Conflict? Build Bridges, Not Walls

One of the top issues that leaders discuss with me is conflict with others at work. Perhaps: • one person dominates weekly meetings with his…

Parenting Your New Hire

If you are part of an organization that is growing or experiencing change, odds are you are bringing in, or promoting, new leaders to help…

Spieth’s Incredible Comeback

Leaders blow it—sometimes to the point of embarrassing themselves. Some examples of leadership “fails” I’ve either witnessed or heard about: • A CEO loses his…

When Leaders Get Stuck

Last week, a leader got on the phone and immediately told me about a very difficult conversation he needed to have with his boss. He…

Coaching Millennials To Lead

Last year’s comedy, The Intern, features Robert De Niro as a retiree who can’t stay retired. He decides to return to the workplace as a…