Insights and Reflections on Excellence

Smiling and the Sometimes Lost Art of Happiness

Some people just naturally wear a smile. For the most part, I’m one of those. Even in high school, other students would comment on my smile.  I don’t think I was really aware of smiling. I certainly did not understand the impact of seeing the world through the lens [...]

2018-12-01T10:59:06+00:00December 1st, 2018|

Three Thoughts to Inspire Your Change Effort

Facing change efforts—large or small—can be overwhelming. Individuals, companies, schools—we all need a little inspiration and encouragement to press on.  Here are a few thoughts to consider if you are leading a change effort.  How to be present . . . Tiffany Delmore suggests actions leaders should take on [...]

2018-11-28T06:43:33+00:00November 28th, 2018|

Can We Keep from Going Back to the Status Quo?

"I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." Alice in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) Holding on to the way things are or have always been just feeds the status quo.  Striving for better inherently implies that something must change. We struggle to dislocate [...]

2018-11-27T09:41:13+00:00November 26th, 2018|

Why Leadership Teams Are Important to Culture

We often forget about the role of leadership teams in building culture. Organizations, even small ones, rarely have only one leader. The CEO, president, chancellor, superintendent depend on a team of leaders to facilitate and guide people in the organization.  The Role of Leadership Teams Leadership teams have a [...]

2018-11-21T08:50:57+00:00November 21st, 2018|

Three Things You Can Do to Start Leading Now

Everyone is a leader. You can start leading today. No matter where you sit in the organization, you have an influence on others.  Some of us are leaders because we hold the top position in the organization. Others are leaders because they have the capacity to draw people to [...]

2018-11-21T08:50:20+00:00November 20th, 2018|

Seven Characteristics I Look for in a Leader

My view of leaders and leadership has evolved over time. I have soaked in the philosophies and perspectives of many people. They include but are certainly not limited to Peter Drucker, W. Edwards Deming, John Maxwell, Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, Stephen Covey, Jon Kotter, Jim Collins, Dr. Seuss. And, [...]

2018-11-21T08:50:39+00:00November 19th, 2018|

What If We Built Kindness into Companies?

What if?  What if we built workplaces, one process at a time, that allowed us to do many excellent things? How could instilling respect and kindness make a difference in what we do each day? I often try to imagine that workplace. Fortunately, I have worked in some of those [...]

2018-11-19T08:20:58+00:00November 17th, 2018|