The Obstacle Is The Way; Turning trials into triumph.

I recently read a great book called "The Obstacle is the Way" by Ryan Holiday.  The book addresses how to use many of the elements from the philosophy of Stoicism to confront and overcome life challenges and trials.  While I don't personally subscribe to all the tenets of stoicism, I do believe Holiday has some very solid principles that if applied could change the way you see the world and help you be much more successful in overcoming barriers. Below are some of my notes from reading the book. Read more »

Why Leaders Eat Last

Why do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments Read more »

Why a CEO’s job is to design a strategy, not decide a strategy.

Too often we think of the work of creating a strategy as making a choice or decision. Creating a great strategy is not about deciding which is the best option amongst a list of alternatives. No such list of clear choices exists in today’s business world. Today the work of strategy needs to be approached as a design problem where various interdependent factors such as talent available, business intelligence, leadership, organizational structure, and the financial model are considered as a total Read more »

Uncommon Quotes for Leadership and Life

I keep a folder on interesting quotes that I come across that either add some humor, shed some light, or provoke ideas.  Here are some of the more uncommon quotes I thought you might enjoy or find useful. “Nobody forgets where they buried the hatchet.”  - Hubbard “Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason.” - Lord Chesterfield “It is the nature of all greatness not to be too exact.” - Edmund Burke “Adversity Read more »

A Late Quartet: Lessons for Top Teams From Beethoven’s 131

I've always felt chamber music offers a rich metaphor, full of insight, that can be applied to any team seeking high-performance flow. Last night I watched the movie A Late Quartet staring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. After a classical string quartet's 25 years of success, they face the strain of changing roles and life transitions. What I like most about this film is how we discover the unique roles in the quartet - First Violin, Second Violin, Viola and Cello interact in live give and take, to Read more »

Don’t be “on top of your business.” Lead from the front.

 
When things get tight and corporate execs get put to the test, the most natural act is to put the prioirty on “getting on top of your business!!!”   Apologetic corporate emails start flowing about how tough times are coming and we need t…

  When things get tight and corporate execs get put to the test, the most natural act is to put the prioirty on "getting on top of your business!!!"   Apologetic corporate emails start flowing about how tough times are coming and we need t... Read more »

Ram Charan – “You are a leader of people first, not numbers!” Wow, does he get this right. Leaders who focus on numbers over people are doomed.

  

Another great video by Big Think.
I’ve always admired Ram Charan’s POV on business strategy.  Now I like him for his views on how to prioritize connecting with people over the focus just on numbers.  Nothing wrong wi…

   Another great video by Big Think. I've always admired Ram Charan's POV on business strategy.  Now I like him for his views on how to prioritize connecting with people over the focus just on numbers.  Nothing wrong wi... Read more »