Category Archives: lead

Help Me…I’m Stuck!

When I introduce myself, telling the inquisitive person in front of me Why I do, they always have a follow up question.  When I tell them my “Why”, my answer to their “What do you do” question was actually purposefully intended.  Rather than focus on What I do, I would rather switch the emphasis to…

There’s A Storm Coming

I could hear the familiar rumble out of one of my open windows.  Looking from my south view, all seemed to indicate another perfect day.  Beautiful blue sky, not a cloud, and the leaves in the trees were without motion, as if in a beautiful fresh watercolor for all too enjoy. But what then, was…

How Do You Shine?

                    Expertise What is it, that you bring to the table? Is it skills, knowledge, education, background, those intangibles all rolled into what we call “expertise”? One of my favorite quotable movie scenes is a hilarious moment in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, in which King Arthur…

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 Like Your Style

Tower of Power (or TOP for short) is an R&B-based horn band, originating in Oakland, and they have been performing since 1968.  They are best known for their funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines.  I’ve been a big fan of TOP, and have seen them several times in concert. Each time they never…

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…

The Chosen Road

We make choices in our life.  From the time we are able to think on our own, we are presented with opportunities to assess, analyze, problem solve, and implement a decision. While young, our decisions to crawl from side of the room to another might seem slight, but at the time, it was a major…

They Still Need You

Margaret was in a corner.  The promotion came at a great time.  She was really busy with her current responsibilities, and the added responsibilities would create some juggling, and require a closer focus.  There were certain to be sleepless nights ahead too.  But wow, it’s worth it.  Isn’t this all part of the plan of…

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,…