What Leaders Can Learn from Muhammad Ali

What Leaders Can Learn from Muhammad Ali

My hometown of Louisville, KY was the center of the universe last week as we bid farewell and celebrated the life of Muhammad Ali. There are only a few “larger than life” people that each of us will experience during our lives, and he was certainly one of them. He...
Joe Maddon – Management Guru

Joe Maddon – Management Guru

The toughest part of any organization is leading and managing its people. Leadership is the more strategic, “thinking” part of the job – setting a clear direction, long-term planning, etc. Management is more about execution – the “doing” part of the job – setting...
What We Can Learn From Some 11-13 Year-Olds

What We Can Learn From Some 11-13 Year-Olds

For ten days shortly before Labor Day, the entire country (and especially Chicago) was captivated by the story of the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League team and their journey to the U.S Championship title and the World Championship final game. Part of the...
Lombardi Time

Lombardi Time

Earlier this Fall, I went up to Green Bay, WI to see the Bears play the Packers on a Monday night. My son and I made the trip with my wife’s brother and his son, who live in the LA area but somehow are huge Packers fans. When we arrived at the stadium on Sunday...
Face to Face is Best

Face to Face is Best

I was recently asked by a consulting organization to facilitate a meeting between two executives who seemed to be constantly at war regarding how things were being handled in their business unit. The email traffic was fast and furious, and the temperature in them was...
Core Values – Not Just for Wall Posters

Core Values – Not Just for Wall Posters

“Core Values” is one of those business terms that has been so overused and misunderstood that we often dismiss it. Jim Collins and Jerry Porras discussed core values in Built to Last, identifying that all great companies had a clear set of core values. In the years...