Monthly Archives: August 2012

Is Your Word Your Bond?

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“Iron would turn to wax and water to steel sooner than we revoked our solemn word.” – Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania (c. 1275-1341) The best leaders are typically not just exceptional stewards of what is already in place, but also great at establishing things that would not exist without their initiative. It starts with their speaking about a possible reality and then putting those words into action. But why are they so effective at doing that? The life of … Read more

Lost In Transition

In order to grow ourselves–as people or as leaders–a great place to focus is on increasing our capacity: how can we get more done in the same amount of time? One potential leverage point is to take a page from the sports playbook and work on our transition game. We all do a lot each day, bouncing between different activities and conversations. But while we put plenty of thought into the activities themselves, the transitions between them can be overlooked. … Read more

Spanish Lessons in Alignment and Extraordinary Performance

Spanish Lessons in Alignment and Extraordinary Performance

If you follow soccer, you are well-aware that after a spectacular win in the final of Euro 2012, Spain made history as the first team to win three major international tournaments in a row. Some praise it as the greatest national soccer team of all time. Many of its core players come from FC Barcelona whose performance in recent years makes it perhaps the best club team in history. So why are these two teams so exceptional? Both employ a … Read more

Questions Are The Answer

Questions Are The Answer

Have you ever noticed what happens right after you find the solution to a problem? If you’re anything like me you implement it and move on. After all, why keep focusing on something after you’ve found the answer? We seem to take the case that problems have only one solution, and this mindset is deeply embedded in the way we speak: we don’t talk about an answer, we talk about the answer. And once you find the answer, the search … Read more