Focus

I recently attended a series of events related to the USA Pro Challenge.  “The USA Pro Challenge, also known as America’s Race, is an annual multi-day professional road cycling stage race that first took place in Colorado in 2011. The race is marked especially by the incredible altitudes (over 12,000-feet), spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery and over one million annual fans onsite.” What struck me the most about the athletes and their teams is how specialized they have become.  When the sport was less organized a generation ago, racers could aspire to be winners of single-day races,...

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Elusive Focus

Focus can be defined as the ability to adapt to the prevailing level of light and to see more clearly.  In business, focus is all about execution and results, and the adaptation has more to do with internal strengths and weaknesses, and external threats and opportunities.  The one thing most agree on is that in both cases, it can be difficult to adjust and achieve. I am finding that there are two types of focus as a leader:  One where I work by myself on the business; and one where I work with others in the business.  As I focus my efforts on the business, I think about the other things I am...

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Solo versus…

I am a big advocate for seeking solitude for reflection, and consider myself very fortunate to have access to some of the best wilderness in the world here in Colorado.  I have solo hiked, backpacked, and climbed a lot mountains over the years, and have used that time to solve a myriad of challenges; and benefit from a recharge that lasts for weeks! On my last climb up Mount Harvard, I was accompanied by one of my good friends.  It was a good reminder how much easier the climb is when you share the literal ups and downs.  It’s a lot like leadership.  We need time away from our organizations...

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Fleeting

For the past month, I have had the opportunity to really step back and evaluate three important questions.  Where am I?  Where am I going?  How will I organize my ongoing journey?  For me, I find time away actually to be difficult work.  It’s hard for me to step back, slow down, and really clear my head.  I was really hoping I’d be able to hit a switch where the absence of the maelstrom would allow all sorts of insights to instantly flow into my head so I could just as quickly process it into new found wisdom.  It just doesn’t work like that, and the irony is that the unrealistic expectation...

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Is Your Pursuit Noble?

Esteemed Harvard Business School professor, Clayton Christensen wrote: “Management is the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well.  No other occupation offers as many ways to help others to learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of a team.” I decided some time ago that my purpose was to help leaders develop self-reliance to create powerful futures.  By self-reliance, I don’t mean going it alone.  On the contrary.  I believe developing self-reliance means leaders at all levels take responsibility for their own growth and...

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Just One Piece of Advice for Today’s Leader

Like me, you have probably been to many graduation ceremonies over the years.  Mine have included high school, college, business courses, seminars, and a fair share of military courses.  I have heard a lot of speakers pontificate, and some of those speakers were well-known, and highly successful people.  The whole idea is that the sage is to impart wisdom so the graduates have an azimuth for their newfound knowledge they might not have picked up in the weeks, months or years they were in said course.  I can honestly say I can’t recall a single anecdote from any of the speakers I have heard. ...

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