Category Archives: Character

5 Tool Player, or a 12 Tool Leader

What is a 5 tool player? The five tool player is a term describing a baseball player, usually a position player, that has five of the tools that scouts look for.  The 5 tools that scouts look for in a player are: Hitting for Power Hitting for Average Fielding Ability Throwing Ability Speed What is…

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…

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…

A Balanced Focus

We all seek balance in our lives.  Thats all the rage these days.  Do you have proper work/life balance?  Is there a good balance between meetings, e-mails, phone calls, and one on one time?  Can you multi task and balance all that you have to do today?  Balance.  It’s all about balance. The Rare Leader…

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…

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…

Because It Is The Right Thing

I was working with an executive coaching client recently, helping him to prepare to interview and select a key new member of his leadership team. Harold is president and CEO of a large company, and as a result of working “on” the business instead of “within” the business, felt he was rusty in his interviewing…

It’s still about Fear and Greed

On October 19th 1987, all the hopes and dreams that had been built into a steadily growing investment account for many, was dashed in one dark sullen day with the largest one-day percentage decline in recorded stock market history.  Like the market decline of the recession in the late 2000’s, many of the younger investors…

Make Friends and Business Follows

One of the most truly remarkable business experiences I have ever had was presented to me in the late 1980s. I was invited to participate in a merger and acquisition presentation in New York City. As the deal was broken down into detail, it was clear this would be the financial services blockbuster deal of…

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…