Category Archives: relationships

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Do You Trust Me?

When Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick collaborated on their famous song “Do you love me” from Fiddler on the roof, the combination of the melody and the pleading lyrics create a memorable phrase that seems to stay with you.  And finally after Tevye and Golde agree “I suppose I do”, they join together and sing…

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…