March Madness: A Team-Coached Team and Leaders Who Follow

Friends, Fifty-nine games have been played in March Madness. Three games are left. One team out of sixty-five will emerge. Don’t you love it? Well, maybe not so much if your team and your bracket have fallen apart. Of course, I love it for the piercing glances into leadership. Coach Izzo of Michigan State is … Continued

Valassis and a New Capitalism

Friends, “Our upper level executives, from the CEO down to our vice president level, were contractually entitled to receive bonuses,” the CEO said. Familiar language, right? Edward Liddy, CEO of AIG? Well, no. Al Schultz, is CEO of Valassis, a Livonia, Michigan-based company that provides value to consumers through coupons, mailers, and online incentives. For … Continued

RFL and Politics

To Mark and other blog comment authors: I have decided to be more aggressive about removing comments that have nothing to do with this blogsite which is about how we, as everyday leaders, can be more effective. I’m not against politics. Some of my best friends are politicians. But comments that began as the first … Continued

On Energy – The Survey Says…

Friends, Last week — in the midst of these uncertain times — I surveyed you, inquiring: What kinds of things generate energy for you in these challenging times? Well over 800 of you clicked onto the survey and chose among the 11 answers, selecting the first, second and third most important things that create energy … Continued

Energy in Uncertain Times

Friends, As we wait for the stimulus package to kick in, to slow or hopefully reverse our slide, let’s acknowledge that the stimulus is just that: a stimulus. It’s not a fix, an end, a result. It’s intended to stimulate changes in behavior, especially spending and lending. In the end it won’t be President Obama … Continued

Leadership Faith

Friends, I was giving a speech to the state’s Administrative Officers Association, a group of high level administrators in the state government. The theme of their training day was “lead where you are.” I was impressed with the question which one person asked at the end. He asked, in essence: How do you continue to … Continued