Category Archives: challenge

Opening Doors

Business acumen. What does it mean? In short, it means understanding your business—keenly. It’s knowing what details matter and why, and then it’s understanding how they come together and affect the big picture. In developing your business acumen, you learn how to improve structure and systems at every level. You learn which risks are worth…

I Hear The Music

Many of my business associates are quite surprised when I tell them about my background in music.  It’s almost as if they’re thinking, “I can’t see you as one of those long-haired musicians.”  At the same time, my music friends whom I’ve not seen for several years are quite surprised to hear about my success…

10/80/10 – The Lost Sheep

I am quite intrigued with the 10/80/10 rule when working through group dynamics.  When I say this in an informal setting, I hear…”Oh, you mean the Pareto principle of 80/20?”  The Pareto principle is popularized by the common strategy of 80% of something (sales, problems, solutions, etc) come from 20% of something (customers, employees, ideas,…

But, What’s Most Important?

What’s your favorite competency of successful Leaders? Thats the question I seem to receive from those who have begun subscribing to the Rare Leader™ challenge. What’s my favorite? I thought for a minute, not about my personal selection, but more so to create a bit of a dramatic pause. As my client leaned forward to…

Because I Love It!

How happy are you, I asked?  On a scale of 1-10, tell me…how happy are you? Andy took a moment, looked up at me and replied, you mean today?  Are you talking about at work?  Are you asking about my life in general?  Happy…about what?  Andy was seemingly confused.  What did I mean with this…

The Road Starts Here

How many times have you checked one off from your bucket list?  Dave had preparing for fullfilling one of his dreams for several months.  Aside from dreamily watching the chrome flash by, forwarned by the signature rumble minutes earleir, he decided to take the step.  First there were lessons.  In addition to obtaining a license,…

Why Are They Rare?

I started a Google search several months ago. I wanted to keep up with the latest news, trends, research, and people associated with great Leadership.  I have been bothered to say the least, by the massive quantity of “stuff” out there associated with Leaders, and Leadership.  And it’s not all good.  I thought twitter might…

That Danged Glass

I was golfing this past weekend with old friends.  We’ve golfed together Saturday mornings for 30 years, and we know each-other well enough so there is a good blend of kidding each-other, as well as digging a bit deeper into more personal issues in front of us. I was not having a particularly great day…

Sharing is Rare

When I consider great leaders, I find there are several noteworthy styles or characteristics that overlap each of the 12 competencies. For example, every Rare Leader™ must be passionate about leading organizations and people. Passion in leadership is not rare, but being passionate about every aspect of leadership is missing in many leaders.  Passion is…

When Changing Senior Leadership Becomes Personal

The Challenge: Evaluating, or considering changes with Senior Leadership can be a considerable challenge.  Many times this executive has become more than a coworker. When leading together in times of both war and peace, a bond develops with deep emotional ties.  Sometimes, this leader had been hand-picked, mentored, and championed throughout the organization by you….