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self-re·li·ant   [self-ri-lahy-uhnt, self-]
adjective – relying on oneself or on one’s own powers, resources, etc.
“Rugged individualism and a sense of personal responsibility.”
Synonyms -independent, assured, enterprising, resolute, capable.

Is Leadership an illusion of Control?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

Is Leadership an illusion of Control?

Leaders are comfortable with being uncomfortable; because they know every life event thrown their way can be a tremendous learning experience. Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing your perspective on every day experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

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Are We Asking Too Much from Our Leaders?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

Are We Asking Too Much from Our Leaders?

Or… are we asking too little from each other? We spend enormous energy dealing with internal communication issues (i.e., team dysfunction) that keep us from realizing our full potential. Our intention is to create an inspired common purpose that binds people together, but our efforts are often seen as over-management with mere compliance rather than true commitment.

In a number of recent forums with CEO’s, three themes have emerged as commitments to improve organizational effectiveness:  (more…)

Ireland Retreat

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Ireland | 0 comments

Ireland Retreat
Based on the success of traveling to Ireland and meeting with leaders since 2011, we’re planning a retreat on Leadership & International Business for C-level Executives from June 6-13, 2015.  Denver’s Honorary Consul of Ireland, Jim Lyons  is scheduled to join us, and provide personal commentary and enlightening introductions.

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What do you think of you as a leader?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Expeditions | 0 comments

What do you think of you as a leader?

Self Reliant Leadership CrucibleTM: Expedition Designed by Leaders for Leaders

Self Reliant Leadership is a philosophy about embracing adversity, strengthening the leader/teacher role, and hearing the unheard. It’s about knowing which questions to ask, and having the courage to answer them and act to produce extraordinary results.

What is your tolerance for adversity and uncertainty?

How do you guide people to the source of their own power?

How can solitude and introspection focus your energy to produce the greatest impact?

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Three Things You’ll Hear from a Highly Functional Team

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Teams | 0 comments

Three Things You’ll Hear from a Highly Functional Team

A good friend and business partner of mine asked me to listen to Steve Chandler’s The Owner/Victim Choice.  My favorite quote from Steve is, “If there’s a problem, I’m the problem.”  It’s a great reminder about how we are free to choose the soundtrack of our lives.  It can simply be, Stuff happens; or.. If it’s to be – it’s up to me. (more…)

Where Organizational Meets Individual Wants

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

Where Organizational Meets Individual Wants

As a CEO, I wanted everyone who came to me with challenges, opportunities and problems to say this:

  1. Here are the undisputed facts of said challenge/opportunity/problem.
  2. Here are at least two possible options to address the challenge/opportunity/problem.
  3. Here are the pros and cons of each option.
  4. Lastly, the recommendation along with why, and the implications for people and resources.

Of course that doesn’t happen too often, because we often have misaligned expectations due to poor communication all around.  View the video below for what I think the the number one organizational challenge is…

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Five Things to Improve Morale – and they’re all free

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Motivation | 0 comments

Five Things to Improve Morale – and they’re all free

With all the talk about multi-generational engagement, commitment, morale and employee satisfaction, I think it’s important to remember a few simple things leaders can do without asking for more resources. (more…)

Expedition Learnings

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Expeditions | 0 comments

Expedition Learnings

We recently returned from a 4-day expedition near Canyonlands, Utah.  The trip was designed to transform leaders through adventure and adversity in an intense, dynamic and unpredictable environment that maps to today’s challenging business environment.   It was an amazing experience, and after a few weeks, I was reflecting on what we learned in light of a recent article by philosopher Tom Morris. (more…)

17 Women on Self-Reliant Leadership

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Humility, Leaders, Questions, Self-Reliance | 2 comments

17 Women on Self-Reliant Leadership

In preparation for a talk I was asked to give at the 17th Annual Women’s Success Forum in Denver, I had the opportunity to sit down with 17 amazing leaders to discuss self-reliant leadership.  The group was comprised of (more…)