You’re Not Too Busy

Lance Discipline, Leadership Comments

You’re just too lazy to do the hard work of pruning your schedule. You’re just too afraid to say “no” to the many things that don’t really matter. You’re just too lazy to say “no” to the easy work of letting others’ demands of your time schedule your day. You’re just too afraid to have people think you’re not doing …

Paper Chase

Lance Creativity, People Comments

When you are hiring a leader for your organization and you limit your search to only those applicants with the right credentials from the proper business schools, do note that the following people will not be qualified to work for you: Paul Allen Richard Branson Mark Cuban Michael Dell Larry Ellison Steve Jobs Herb Kelleher Think about that… On the other hand, checking the …

People Matters

Lance Leadership, People Comments

It would be a crime on the high seas if a ship’s captain threw crew members overboard instead of cargo in an attempt to lighten the ship in the midst of a storm. Yet, corporations do this so routinely (routinely … routinely … routinely … routinely) that it is news when it doesn’t happen: Oh wait …   This isn’t a post saying layoffs are evil and …

Leading at Level 5

Lance Excellence, Leadership Comments

Jim Collins’ classic Good to Great created a new label for the ultimate leader: Level 5. Here is Collins himself explaining the key difference in a mere 45 seconds: The essential difference between the Five and Four was surprising. The Five was the anti-thesis of the great egocentric leader. The Five was the leader who operated first and foremost with …

The Iron in the Oil

Lance Creativity, Discipline, Integrity Comments

Before Seth Godin talked of quieting the Lizard Brain, author Steven Pressfield wrote of fighting “The Resistance.” The title of his field manual for fighting the Resistance is no accident: The War of Art is for artists what Sun Tzu’s The Art of War was for generals. The Resistance is that ever-present, never-tiring force that is unyielding in its focus …