How to Double Your Leadership Effectiveness

Friends,   In Sunday’s New York Times, the great novelist Elmore Leonard (University of Detroit High School, 1943) imagines what his father would say to Elmore’s mother about the current situation at the Vatican: “You see, we’re gonna have two popes at the same time — both infallible — and you don’t think there’s gonna … Continued

Get Help!!!

Friends, Last week I invited you to commit to making this the best year of your life.  Part of making 2012 my best year on the planet is reaching the specific Big Hairy Audacious Goal of landing a TV show to engage everyday leaders around leading with their best self. And to accomplish this, I … Continued

Just Reading This RFL is a Waste of Time

Friends, Here’s my Happy New Year’s wish, which is perhaps better seen as an invitation, or a taunt: LEAD YOURSELF to your best year ever.  Absurd?  Audacious? Well, leadership always has an element of audacity to it.  President Kennedy said: we’ll put an American on the moon.  Dr. King saw: the children of slaves and … Continued

On “Everyday Leadership”: Reach your Goals Faster and Lead in Tough Times

Recently on “Everyday Leadership” Dan looked into reaching your goals faster and leading through tough situations. Dan talked to Mark Murphy the founder and CEO of Leadership IQ,and a top-rated provider of leadership training for Microsoft, IBM, MasterCard, Merck, and other companies. Murphy was on to discuss his new book “Hard Goals.” A book that … Continued

Raising the Odds on Hitting Important Goals

Friends, Some thousand people making New Years Resolutions agreed to share their experience with Professor Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire in England. Over half were confident at the beginning that they’d succeed. That tells you something already, no? Half weren’t confident from the outset. What percentage do you think made it through the … Continued

Previously on “Everyday Leadership”: Start-ups and Local Entrepreneurs

On “Everyday Leadership” Dan discussed start-ups and local entrepreneurs. The show included an owner of a local sports store, State Director of Small Business and Technology Development Centers, and a Michigan State Grad who started a world wide web phenomenon. Curt Munson owner of the Okemos Playmakers was on with Dan to discuss how he … Continued

A Chicken and Egg Question About Leaders and Teammates

A Chicken and Egg Question About Leaders and Teammates Friends, I’m a Democrat, but especially a democrat when it comes to work.  I wrote a book called Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics, and Life and I have a radio show called “everyday leadership,” because I believe leading is an activity and NOT a … Continued

Can we make it any CLEARER?

Can We Make It Any Clearer Friends, Thanks to the 800+ of you who responded to last week’s survey, we’ve got a crystal clear picture of what people want in a boss . . . and what’s often missing.  Here’s the bummer: What we most want is what’s most often missing: CLARITY!  So, this morning’s … Continued

Succeeding at Far Off Goals – Last in a series

Today in the last of a series on reaching long-term goals, I offer age-old wisdom from Stephen Covey along with a simple, specific tactic. First, the tactic: create two-week goals.  Take the big long-term goal that you have, and ask yourself this simple question: “What can I accomplish in two weeks that will lead me … Continued

Hitting the Hard to Reach Goals – Part 3

THE most important thing to do once you have a clear goal in place is to identify the key driver. By “driver” I mean the key strategy or activity that more than anything else will lead you to your goal. The goal is something you really want; the driver on the other hand may well … Continued