Passion and purpose have always been strong motivators for me right behind not getting shot–again. There must be an equal balance of the two to achieve optimal results because a passion without purpose is akin to an untamed fire hose—it just sprays everything in its path with no direction, no guidance. Similarly, purpose without the passion to support it is the very feeling of creative tension we experience when we know what we want but take no action to “get there.”… Read More»
In my former life as a Navy SEAL, whenever we entered a room into a target, each assaulter trusted the next guy, both in front and in back of him, without hesitation. That is, each team member knew that in order to “clear” a potentially hostile room quickly and render it safe, success resided within the collective trust of each member in the room. We could move only as fast as the slowest guy, so the sum of each member’s competencies was not equal to the whole since we could only move at the speed at which we trusted each other to keep up. Essentially, we could only move at the speed of trust.
To clear the hostile rooms that prevent us from moving ahead in life we must be willing to change. In order to open the door that separates us from the unknown, dividing us between who we are and whom we aspire to be, we must start with trust…. Read More»
In organizational cultures where entitlement, selfishness and ego are the daily specials on the menu, how can you, as a leader, create the special sauce that turns a “me” culture into a “we” culture? How can you switch people’s point of focus from the individual level and shift it towards one that considers the overall benefit of the […] Read more… Read More»
Yes, I said it. Contrary to everything you’ve ever been told, knowledge is not power. The days of information hoarding—of only a few “powerful” people at the top of the outdated organizational pyramid—and holding on to that last bit of data as if nobody else could replicate it, are gone. Long gone. Today, knowledge […] Read more… Read More»