Twyla Tharp and Steve Jobs – (There are Good Tough Bosses and Bad Tough Bosses…)

Everybody probably has a bad boss horror story or two.  And there are some genuine horror stories out there. But, there are good bad tough bosses and bad tough bosses.  What is the difference?  One difference may be this:  is the boss tough because the end result is worth all the coaching, coaxing, demonstrating, demanding,… Read More Twyla Tharp and Steve Jobs – (There are Good Tough Bosses and Bad Tough Bosses…)

We Need More Good Stories, with Fewer Simple Chronicles

You might not realize it, but you are a creature of an imaginative realm called Neverland.  Neverland is your home, and before you die, you will spend decades there.  Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal:  How Stories Make Us Human If you say, “The queen died, and the king died,” that is a chronicle. If you… Read More We Need More Good Stories, with Fewer Simple Chronicles

Cory Weismann, two Coaches, and a Story Told by Frank Deford

We lead by being human. We do not lead by being corporate, professional, or institutional.  (Paul G. Hawken, founder, Smith and Hawken) Quoted by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Pozner — Encouraging the Heart:  A Leaders Guide to Rewarding and Encouraging Others ————– A suggestion – stop what you are doing and listen to this… Read More Cory Weismann, two Coaches, and a Story Told by Frank Deford

“The Story Needs A Great Storyteller” – Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) Reminds Us Of The Centrality of Story

It is an ancient need to be told stories.  But the story needs a great storyteller.  Thanks for all of it, Jo. Alan Rickman, speaking to/of Jo Rowling, shortly after his “final moments” as Severus Snape ———— There’s a letter making the rounds.  Alan Rickman wrote it, and put it in a full-page ad in Empire… Read More “The Story Needs A Great Storyteller” – Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) Reminds Us Of The Centrality of Story

When the Person at the Top is a Jerk – a lesson from Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night (Casey Learns the Names)

Honored and not diminished.  That’s how we all want to feel. James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Pozner, Encouraging the Heart: A Leaders Guide to Rewarding and Encouraging Others —– I have probably presented my synopsis of Encouraging the Heart by Kouzes and Posner more than any other book synopsis.  (I presented this again at a… Read More When the Person at the Top is a Jerk – a lesson from Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night (Casey Learns the Names)

One Size Fits All; Right?! – Not Any More (Motivation 3.0 Has Arrived)

One Size Fits All; Right?! – Not Any More.  This is true in so many ways.  And one way is “motivation.”  In the old days, the days that Daniel Pink calls Motivation 2.0, motivation was simple.  Carrots and sticks. Going back to the days of Frederick Winslow Taylor: You simply rewarded the behavior you sought… Read More One Size Fits All; Right?! – Not Any More (Motivation 3.0 Has Arrived)

And, yet – in the midst of hard and honest truths, we all need to be encouraged

Honored and not diminished. That’s how we all want to feel. James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Pozner, Encouraging the Heart:  A Leaders Guide to Rewarding and Encouraging Others discourage: verb. To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit. encourage:  verb. To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; hearten. discourage: dishearten. encourage: hearten. I don’t remember… Read More And, yet – in the midst of hard and honest truths, we all need to be encouraged

“Knowledge is Out, Focus is in” – or maybe, how will books differ from what is accessible through the “internet?”

Let’s think about/talk about how we learn. I recently gave a synopsis of The Black Swan for a major corporate client.  One person said after the session, “This was really interesting.  But I’m not sure how I’m supposed to use this.”  He was describing what I would say is the difference between a “practical” book… Read More “Knowledge is Out, Focus is in” – or maybe, how will books differ from what is accessible through the “internet?”