From the monthly archives:

April 2009

What can I gain from a leadership coach?

by Sam on April 29, 2009

Analysis: Peter Drucker often said that management is too big a job for one person. You’re a candidate for leadership coaching the minute you agree with Drucker. It’s time to look for help outside your organization once you acknowledge that you have challenges in your leadership role that are beyond your experience, abilities, and temperament. [...]


What is a team (or family) charter?

by Sam on April 22, 2009

Analysis: George Peppard starred as Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith in the ’80s TV comedy-drama-spoof “The A-Team.” The inevitable line spoken by Hannibal at the close of each episode was “I love it when a plan comes together.” Why did the A-Team’s plan always come together? Because each person did exactly what was needed to support [...]


What is servant leadership?

by Sam on April 15, 2009

Analysis: In two different Gospel books of the New Testament, Jesus of Nazareth gave His followers the same leadership lesson. In Mark 10:42-44 it’s reported this way: Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority [...]


  Analysis: I treasure pithy aphorisms. When they’re from famous people, they give credence to propositions that I might otherwise be alone in putting forth. They say in a few words, what I often require paragraphs to express. They sometimes make me laugh. They always make me think. They often make me act! Answer: The [...]


How can I become a better listener?

by Sam on April 1, 2009

Analysis: There are two causes for celebration just because you have chosen to read this email. First, you’ve challenged the #1 nemesis of personal improvement, denial, and are open to strengthening a critical leadership skill. Second, it appears that you agree with the three words that ended the preceding sentence, and believe that effective listening [...]