The Most Meaningful Award for You

What would it be? The most meaningful award you can imagine? I used to hope for a MacArthur Fellowship.  I guess that’s not to be, i.e., I’m just not a genius.  Darn.  I covet another award, but in a superstitious way, maybe, I can’t say it out loud.  But I’ve been pondering: Why does that … Continued

What to do When You’re Dreading Something

Note:  This was originally published on March 11, 2013 Friends, When I woke him up for the second time on Sunday morning, my beloved son had that 15 year old’s look of anxious dread, and he breathed the heavy sigh to confirm it. I stole my own deep breath and sat on the side of … Continued

Don’t Let ‘Em Suck You In! Leaders Fight Back

  Lord, it would be funny if it weren’t so crazy. How do we nurture everyday leaders? Better start here: Realize it’s a 24-7 job to push back. Cuz if you’re a parent, teacher, CEO, preacher, boss or head of just about anything, they’re going to expect you to take care of just about everything. … Continued

When A Problem Won’t Go Away

My wife and son and I were on our way back from the airport and were approaching the 7-mile long San Mateo Bridge. It usually moves at an easy 60 MPH clip, but we could see it was a tenth of that speed and slowing often to a stop. We were fit to be tied! … Continued

Impostors and the Inner Obstacle to Leadership

I suspect I’m not alone in the cycle of self-doubt and self-recrimination. Indeed, I know I’m not alone. I see kids on varsity who think they don’t belong there; supervisors who are shadowed by self-doubt; and I’ve coached high-level executives who couldn’t shake the fear they didn’t belong.