“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
–William Arthur Ward
’Tis the season for reflection, and as Aristotle said, “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.”
Grace as in mercy, favor, thanks, and virtue…
I spoke to a Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan yesterday, which is remarkable in itself. What made it notable was that the soldier said how his work would seem so mundane to what people might expect. I suppose that’s true to some degree, but I don’t think his day is what most people would describe as their typical day. The average businessperson doesn’t have to be hyper-vigilant other than “targeting” the right person at a networking event.
We just returned from an expedition with six amazing leaders, and the learnings came from “hearing the unheard.”
It always amazes me how the wilderness can be a catalyst for transformation, and the birth of lifelong relationships. As the leader of such expeditions, I have found that my “curriculum” is simply a template – not a rigid guide. Selecting adventurous net-givers who have heroic aspirations helps, but it’s the environment and the expectation of holding one’s views lightly that is the real teacher. (more…)
I heard someone recently describe culture as “how decisions are made, and how performance management tools are used.” It makes a lot of sense.
How decisions are made has to do with the decision process and decision criteria. Delegating and empowering requires trust, which as most of us know through experience, is often the primary dysfunction of an organization. But delegating serves two important purposes: (more…)
Leaders don’t have time to focus on what’s most important – vision, strategy & culture.
Today’s guest post is by my friend, Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book at the end of the post. Here’s Mike:
Erin joined your team about a year ago. She came in with many other candidates for a job opening and she impressed you in the interview. She was far and away the best candidate. You knew you would be lucky to get her to join your team. (more…)
Check out this inspiring profile of transitioning Green Beret Naron Bryan going through The Self-Reliant Leadership Crucible expedition in Moab, Utah with other business executives.
We started the day at the inspiring Dublin Castle where we had the privilege of hearing a presentation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan. The minister’s presentation basically put a bow on everything the student’s learned – leadership, entrepreneurship, the diaspora, the symbiotic relationship between all constituents in Ireland, and the importance of a connected and global economy. Kate Tyrrell once again took great care to make us truly feel, very welcome.
The students worked hard to finish all the projects, and they learned a ton thanks to the good people at iData, Startup Ireland, and Nuritas!
I had the privilege of speaking with three extraordinary leaders today thanks to my friend, Andrew Parish; and I encourage you to take a moment to learn more about each of them: