What Horses Teach Us About Leadership

“Titles are granted, but it’s your behaviour that wins you respect.” These are the opening words to the first practice of The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner and the importance of these words rang out in my ears during last weekends workshop in Sweden when one of my students, Emilia asked me, “How do I get this … Continue reading

Everyday Leadership: It’s an Inside Out Job

David sparked a fruitful conversation around waste when he gently asked the cafeteria manager at his workplace whether food might be served without unnecessary containers or wrapping, unless requested. Susan worked a whole year to bring a group of high school students from New Zealand to the United States to train other students in an effective form of peer mediation. … Continue reading

Becoming a Trusted Leader

“We can build our leadership upon fear, obligation, or trust. However, only a foundation of trust results in the collaboration and goodwill necessary to achieve our peak performance.”. These words, from organizational design expert Roger Allen, could hardly be more succinct in expressing the central role that trust plays in building and leading high-performance organizations.  What is also very apparent … Continue reading

Playing to your strengths

How often have you invested in a personal growth training to try to improve something you felt you were not good at? Perhaps it was marketing, sales, personnel management or public speaking. For most of us, trying to improve our weak areas in operating our business or managing our department comes with the territory. Whatever the area, we feel as … Continue reading

Build Your Business with the Seasons

Mother Nature certainly likes her routine. Global warming aside, she cycles through the same processes, in the same order, doing things the same way they always have worked.  Within that cycle, of course, variations exist—a dry winter or a mild fall—but we always can rely on the rhythm. One season follows the other. It’s a comfortable predictability in a world … Continue reading