Seven Fundamentals for Having Tough Conversations

If we’re going to progress and make differences in this world we have to learn how to confront each other’s beliefs. Beliefs matter because people act upon their beliefs, whether those beliefs are true or not. The best way to engage beliefs is through open and honest conversations. This episode lays down the fundamentals we need before we begin to …

Mastering Moral Courage…Or, Why Leadership Is So Hard

Leaders overcome moral challenges by exercising moral courage. Moral courage is the mastery of the fear of social consequences such as being perceived as disloyal, alienation, ridicule, punishment, job loss, or loss of social status. In some cases, the right choice is crystal clear. In other cases, the correct course of action is not so clear. In the end, leaders …

Leaders Must Always Fight For The Big Picture

It’s so easy to get sucked into the minutia of everyday business, to fail in our leadership obligation and become a micro-manager. Professional aviation demands that pilots stay situationally aware at all times and fight for the big picture. There are numerous mishaps throughout aviation history where the flight crew got hyperfocused on a certain task or abnormal situation, leading …

It’s Not Your Right to Challenge, It’s Your Obligation

The best leadership cultures are those that encourage their workforce to respectfully challenge the status quo. It’s the best way to get the best results, build sustainability, and prevent mistakes. It takes a tremendous amount of intentionality, confidence, & courage to create this environment of freedom. But it is an absolute requirement if you’re going to create cultures of decentralized …

Like It or Not, You’re a Role Model

Whether you like it or not, you’re a Role Model!  It’s about “Setting the Example”; a basic leadership fundamental. I usually lead off with this tenant in all of my leadership talks. It’s one of those basic, common sense, leadership principles that when we hear it we say to ourselves, “Of course, I understand that”.   But successful leaders realize …

How to Lead in a Crisis

It’s inevitable that at some point in your life you will face a situation that will require you to remain composed under pressure. Your child is choking, a customer is irate and irrational, a team member is not pulling his weight, you come upon a car accident, you fly your aircraft through a flock of birds on take-off and lose …

Don’t Be Afraid To Make Things Uncomfortable

I wouldn’t describe my career as a professional aviator and Marine Corps Officer as a “comfortable” one. In fact, it was quite the opposite; the experience was at times arduous, challenging, & both physically & mentally challenging. Yet, I look back at my experience with tremendous fondness and pride.  I believe the reason why is because there must be some …

Building a Culture of “Rapid Leadership”

For decades Leaders & Managers have lamented that one of their most frustrating issue is the inability to successfully execute their most important initiatives. The challenge of execution is not a new problem.  In fact, it is probably one of the most documented and enduring problems that organizations face. When we don’t reach our goals we usually attribute the failure to …

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The Power of Praise & Recognition

A critical piece to the accountability equation is praise and recognition of your high performers. Recognition & praise moves the culture & engagement needle more than anything else. A HBR study in 2014 highlighted the top three drivers of engagement: Consistent communication from senior leadership. An understanding of how stakeholder’s job feeds the strategy. Sincere praise & recognition of high …

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Solo Episode: Putting the Pin Back in the Grenade

Download Episode Here Business is chaotic.  Even in organizations that fully embrace decentralized decision making, the figurative “grenade” is thrown by good intentioned leaders. How we respond to these perceived “grenades” being thrown is worthy of intentional focus. What do you do when these figurative grenades are thrown? Do you run for your life? Do you deflect and give it to …

331 – Being a Leader, Not Just an Achiever

There’s a significant difference between being an achiever and a leader. Achievement is not a bad thing; of course we must push ourselves and achieve things if we are going to create a life of significance. But we can’t let talent and achievement overshadow the importance of leadership. It’s a given that you must be technically & tactfully proficient in …

328 – Creating Trust & Confidence

Trust is what makes leadership possible. Your character communicates your leadership. Think of those people that openly share their life with you… The ones that are completely vulnerable completely trust you Trust is like “coins in your pocket” Each time you make a good leadership decision…you earn a little pocket change Each time you make a bad leadership decision…you pay …

326 – Become a Decision Maker

Making “sound & timely” decisions is a hallmark of being a transformative leaders. You’re better off making imperfect timely decisions than making a “perfect” decision too late. The 75% Solution: Be prepared to make a decision once you have 75% of all the information..use your experience & intuition to fill in the other 25%. Becoming a “decision maker” is the …