THE LEADERSHIP BLOG

Making Deep Connections, Restoring Trust, & Leading from the Bottom Up
Giftology: The Art and Science of Making Connections

Giftology: The Art and Science of Making Connections

https://youtu.be/Plhp28Fn6ms I love sitting around the fire pit and talking with you about leadership skills and leadership actions that I learned in the trust depleted places around the world, that work even better in your world. Sharing the skills of leadership,...

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The Hammer: The Wrong Tool for Today’s Business Leaders

The Hammer: The Wrong Tool for Today’s Business Leaders

https://youtu.be/WL_H7PHSA4k If the only tool in your kit bag is a hammer, then every problem you face in life is going to be a nail.  We live in what I call the triple “P” environment. “Pissed off, Put upon, Pisces”. Two thirds of Americans don't trust their...

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Soft Skills in Hard Places

Soft Skills in Hard Places

https://youtu.be/maHkO6qrDJA Many leaders believe that "soft" skills, like active listening, narrative competence, interpersonal presence, they think that those skills, because they're called "soft skills", are secondary to the "hard skills", or that they convey a...

First Report is Always Wrong

First Report is Always Wrong

https://youtu.be/lNz1XJp6pG4 It was a big lesson for me as a leader to see that in high stakes, no fail situations, the initial reports that often come in are wrong or at least inaccurate, or at least not fully baked. And that's just human nature. We all go...

Rooftop Rally Point: Don’t Quit

Rooftop Rally Point: Don’t Quit

https://youtu.be/xHBGASZTrkk I made lots of mistakes as an army officer in Special Forces.  Lots of things I could have done better, but one of the things I did learn was never to quit. Because of the training that you go through in Special Forces and all the...

Be Straight with People

Be Straight with People

https://youtu.be/FBXqD1hRyW4 As a rooftop leader, there's going to be times when you have to do things that are not pleasant. You're going to have to do things with your coworkers that involve you standing up for things. With your associates and your employees where...

Leadership is Forever

Leadership is Forever

https://youtu.be/nchzlunUKsY As I look at my life, six years after retirement from the military, after 23 years, I am coming to see more and more that leadership is forever, that is, real leadership.  Rooftop leadership is forever and that's why I chose this...

The Opposite of Fear

The Opposite of Fear

https://youtu.be/gUIUP5q992c The opposite of fear, is love. The greatest counter poised to fear the ancients believed is love, the love of the individual warrior for his brothers in arms.  At Thermopylae, on the final morning when the last surviving Spartans knew...

Every Breath is Precious

Every Breath is Precious

https://youtu.be/SbrEcMqoOko The thing that I learned that I want to talk about today as we go into Memorial Day is that “Every Breath is Precious”. Every breath we take in, every breath we let out is precious because our time on this earth is limited and we don't...

Creating a Movement

Creating a Movement

https://youtu.be/g3BGumudkjo A movement is where people take action, in a collective way, that they otherwise wouldn't take in the face of high stakes, high risk, ambiguity and complexity. Yet they take a stand, shoulder to shoulder, and achieve a tipping point that...

MTWA: Meet Them Where They Are

MTWA: Meet Them Where They Are

https://youtu.be/261OuKq5Zpc Humans will not take action unless they feel psychologically safe, and unless they feel connected to the other humans around them. Humans will not take action of any kind, they won't buy from you, they won't invest in you, they won't...

Mission Decision Line: MDL

Mission Decision Line: MDL

https://youtu.be/_KvZHCZelXM The “Mission Decision Line”, or the “MDL”, is the point of no return.  It's a line on the ground, and on your map, it's like a valley, or a linear feature like a road, it's  easily recognizable and it tells everybody from the...