A Proper Place for Hope

A Proper Place for Hope

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. “Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an…

Seeing Through Groupthink

Seeing Through Groupthink

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Groupthink is the enemy of greatness. It’s the enemy of imagination, and a friend…

The Peacock Effect

Peacock Effect

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. The collective ego is like a peacock. When you speak to one “eye,” you…

The Delicate Truth Principle

Delicate Truth

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Any good leader can deliver the truth. But only the great leader knows how…

Territorial Leadership

Territorial Leadership

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Good leadership structures are hierarchical. But good leadership is not. It’s territorial. The author…

Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. There’s a famous tale of a traveler who came across three men working on…

Plants, Not Commodities

Plants, Not Commodities

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Plants—like the flowers your dad plants in his back yard, like the cacti you…

Falling to the Level of Your Training

Falling to the Level of Your Training

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. “We don't rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level…

Leveraged Language

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. As a leader, your language is the ultimate form of leverage. It costs you…

Still the Pendulum

Still the Pendulum

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. If there’s one useful leadership idea to be learned from the state of media…

Give Ego a Soft Landing

Give Ego a Soft Landing

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. The ego is nothing more than a fragile vase that, if large enough, will…

Do the Dirty Dishes

Do the Dirty Dishes

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. As a leader, you don’t deserve to be followed, listened to, trusted, or respected.…

Empowerment All the Way Down

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. One of the most powerful ideas I ever learned from one of my restaurant…

The Oil & Water Strategy

Oil and Water

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Every team has overperformers and underperformers. Let your people spend long enough in either…

The Architect and the Archaeologist

Architect or Archaeologist

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. There are two types of leaders: architects and archaeologists. Only one can see the…

The Four Irrefutable Laws of Tactical Leadership

Tactical Leadership

This is a series of essays within my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Tactics are to strategy what chapters are to a book, what stones…

Build a Moat. But Lower the Drawbridge.

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Most leaders tend to start by building their castle, surrounding it with water, and…

The Power of Detachment

Detachment

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. One thing you learn immediately in leadership is that in the heat of the…

The Saltshaker Theory

The Saltshaker Theory

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. Always move the saltshaker back to the center of the table. That is the…

What I Learned from a Four-Star General

What I Learned from a Four-Star General

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Four-Star General Michael Hayden, a former director…

The Isolated Leader

The Isolated Leader

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. In leadership, isolation is an ever-present double-edged sword. There are merits to being isolated…

The Mimetic Theory of Leadership

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. “Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns…

Want to be an Effective Leader? Get a Dog.

This is an essay from my popular 100 Days of Leadership Series. If you would like to learn how to become a leader in your organization, your community, or in your personal life, sign up here to receive these short essays directly to your inbox. When I tell people about my dog, Pearl, I almost always follow it up…