Monthly Archives December 2015

In 2016, Why not go beyond usual and ordinary?

We’ve reached the edge. Everything has an edge. An edge is the outside limit where something begins or ends. Some are real. Some are imagined. Some are self-imposed. We can see this year-end transition point as an edge. Our leadership has an edge. Our knowledge and competence has an edge. Our capacity to empathize and connect with others has an edge. Our comfort zone has an edge. To continue to grow as leaders and achieve more we must choose to go to our edge and push past the limits – real or imagined and self-imposed. So as 2015 ends and 2016 begins,

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Frank Sinatra’s Ultra Leadership Lessons

December 12th was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. I’m a huge fan of Frank Sinatra. I’ve been listening to his music for years. I love the songs. I love the voice. Most of all I love the attitude. I remember stories I’ve heard about the original “Ocean’s 11.” Filming in Las Vegas, Frank and company (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford) would be on set during the day and then perform at the Sands Hotel in the evening. Sometimes, the sign in front of the Sands simply said, “The Summit” because Frank and the

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The Incredible Lightness of Leading.

“Lighten up, Francis.” (https://youtu.be/syV2LkGpQB0) I love this line from the movie “Stripes” (great movie, by the way). It is a constant reminder to me and to any leader that we run into trouble when we take ourselves too seriously. Most of us are not in roles where we are making life and death decisions. We are in business; we make and sell products, we sell and provide services. How is it that we become so worked up over things when something doesn’t go our way? Perhaps to be better leaders (and people), we need to “lighten up.” I am not

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