Are Your Employees Volunteers?

Most people need to be led, some people want to be led. One challenge we face in the U.S. is we have morphed into a volunteer employment society—volunteer in the sense that opportunity is so great and unemployment so low that people have options. They voluntarily work at a particular organization because it fits them,

Surviving or Thriving?

To achieve transformational impact, we must abandon status quo thinking. Too many business leaders proclaim themselves “change agents” – the problem with change is that change merely fixes past mistakes, or at best, marginally enhances existing operations. Change is about surviving.   Transformation is necessary to enable sustainable positive results in this uncertain world of

Fragile Trust

Trust is essential for healthy interpersonal relationships and productive interactions within organizations. Sadly and without exception, each of us has experienced a situation where trust was lost. Sometimes it’s due to intentional acts, sometimes unintentional. Often, after the fact in less extreme cases, it may be difficult to remember exactly “why” or “how” the trust

Destructive Pride & The Antidote

It is amazing how seldom humility is referenced in books about leadership and then, frequently, only by honorable mention. Why something so important for transformational leadership is so seldom discussed is beyond my comprehension. Perhaps it’s because the topic is misunderstood. Perhaps it’s because humility itself is so elusive. Interestingly, humility’s antonym—pride—frequently is understood as

Valentine’s and Leadership

Question: What do Valentine’s Day and leadership have in common? Answer: The heart. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the heart and effective leadership is a matter of the heart. Effective leadership is heart-centered. It is not, contrary to popular opinion, primarily about intelligence, competency, strategy or execution. Effective leadership that inspires and sustains extraordinary

It’s That Simple

For many of us, the New Year prompts time for reflection, for planning and for fresh starts. It’s a time to renew commitment to goals. It’s a time to execute strategies. It’s a time to launch new initiatives. Remembering my prior successes and past failures, I’ve settled on guiding principles for 2018: Live-out personal and

Transformational Power

I hope you’ll find this article seasonally appropriate and pertinent to VBL. My goal is to highlight the cornerstone of Values-Based Leadership – HUMILITY. Whatever your religious view, Christmas is acknowledged widely as a celebration of Jesus’ birth. Most theologians and many historians would agree that Jesus modeled a life – and leadership style – of absolute humility,

Gratitude?!

 “What?!?” My friend exclaimed when I suggested what I thought was a seasonally appropriate topic for this article. “Gratitude?!? Is your head in the sand?” My friend had a valid point. Let’s face it, everywhere it seems we are more divided and we are more divisive; natural disasters abound; disparity between rich and poor increases;

Averting Rebellion

Rules without relationship yields rebellion. Forcing rules on people incites rebellious attitudes, even when the rules make sense and are based on accepted values. Why? Enforcing rules is a way to control behavior – when we legislate and force behaviors, resentment builds in those being controlled. When resentment builds, rebellion occurs. Granted, rebellion typically isn’t

To What Will You Surrender?

We all surrender to something. For some, surrender is submission to the will or influence of others. Some of us surrender to our own desires and cravings. Some surrender to circumstances around us. Determining what we surrender to has much to do with our values. What we believe at our core will determine our behavior. Our values