Responsibility-centered leadership versus Reward-centered leadership

“Some leaders fail to achieve organizational health because they possess an almost unconscious unwillingness to do the difficult tasks and confront the challenging situations that are required to bring it about. This unwillingness flows from a flawed – and dangerous – motivation for becoming a leader.” Patrick Lencioni in “The Motive“ In his excellent new… Read More

Questions Often Drive Innovation

“But I want to focus on why questioning is a particularly important tool for introverts. Indeed, asking questions is the quiet person’s secret weapon—if we can learn to appreciate and exploit that gift more than we might already.I’ve studied hundreds of successful artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs known for their curiosity and questioning acumen. Most are… Read More

quotes from a young man that is changing the world

Good morning, Sunday, I finished an excellent book by Adam Braun entitled The Promise of a Pencil. Other than a few places where he uses some less than best language, the book is excellent. He has several quotes through the book I want to highlight for you. They are not new – many are rooted… Read More

three ways you might be demotivating your staff

“The point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely -all your skills, gifts, and energies- in order to make your vision manifest. Enjoy the process of becoming.” – Warren Bennis (from Susan Cain) Motivation is something that we read about a great deal. Most of what I… Read More

mission true or mission drift?

Good morning! Still hoping it will one day actually be Spring here in the Midwest, but we have snow in the forecast for Tuesday!! Last week, I did a brief post on the book Mission Drift and was asked by a friend of mine if there is mission drift, how do you get back on track?… Read More

do you see mission drift?

Mission Drift – it is a common issue among faith-based organizations – just think of Harvard and the YMCA. In their book, Mission Drift, Peter Greer and Chris Horst make the following statement: “Without careful attention, faith-based organizations drift from their founding mission. . . Slowly, silently, and with little fanfare organizations routinely drift from… Read More

what’s the 1 thing?

Good Monday morning! I have been in Mississippi last week speaking at the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. Each year a group of next generation leaders for the state community colleges are run through a full year of the MCCLA to prepare them for future senior leadership roles in the community colleges. A pretty good… Read More

the better way

Good Monday morning to you! Hope you had a refreshing weekend. Ours was beautiful, but a tad messy as we received about four inches of snow. What are the responsibilities of a leader? In my opinion, a key responsibility is seeking the better way. In my experience it has been called continuous improvement, innovation, and… Read More