Would Dad Be Proud of You?

Friends,  My sister Mary emailed this photo to me and our 5 brothers and sisters. Her note said, “Dad would have been proud.”  And she was so right. Our old man served on the city council in Inkster, Michigan (about 1/20 the size of Tampa, where Mary serves).  Looking back and seeing how, during his … Continued

When Your Family, Team, or Group Keeps Getting Divided

Friends, Dang!  Things come apart so easily. For example(s): A staff member keeps creating conflict with you or others.   Your boss seems like she came from a different planet; she never smiles, and that’s not funny.  One of your kids is a challenge-a-minute.  The back office is a constant source of frustration.  The possibilities … Continued

So You Want To Be Part of a Great Team?

Dear Friends, “So You Want To Be Part of a Great Team?” I ask, as did Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith in their book The Wisdom of Teams. The “why” you’d want to is obvious, and likely two-fold. First, teams generate results.  A great team is more than the sum of its individual parts, and – … Continued

Great Leaders Use Influence, Not Power

Special 12th Anniversary Guest Column JOEL GARFINKLE: Great Leaders Use Influence, Not Power Many leaders confuse influence with power. However, there is a vast difference between the two and the simple act of learning that difference and how to use it can move your career ahead in unexpected ways. To illustrate–a story. Jody was a senior VP at a … Continued