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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…

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…

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 Infinite Worth Of Others

My work with so many Leaders, and so many companies brings a wonderful variety of insights into among other things, Culture.  I have seen examples of high growth, constant change, dysfunction, passive aggressiveness, stable, transparent, innovative, academic, and more… One Organization actually has imbedded within it’s Value Statement to recognizes the “infinite worth of others”. …

Common Threads

At a recent gathering of Human Resource Professionals I was invited to lead a Senior Strategic Session on Leadership. At this State wide convention I was honored to be included in this CEU credited sleeve for the more senior of the attendees.  We had very spirited discussions and sharing in the four hours together.  In…

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…

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…

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…

Because I Am Possessed

I am possessed by this obligation, she said.  Possessed!  Possessed she repeated…did you hear me?  That’s why I lead.  I am obligated to others to help them succeed. Quite an emotional response to a seemingly obvious follow up question.  The first question I had asked was far too open.  But open by my design.  Where…

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…