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Leadership, Lance and You

June 27, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

I was taking a break from writing when Lance Armstrong decided to come (mostly) clean with Oprah earlier this year. Here’s my take on the Lance drama and why so many stars have big blind spots. I don’t think anyone was surprised Lance had lied for years about his blood doping. Were you? I think most people believe that he told the truth when he did because it was a last-ditch effort to save his brand and keep him out of prison. Lance has a reputation for being an emotionally high-maintenance (aka insecure) guy. He was an arrogant, self-centered, even mean, teammate. He used performance-enhancers to win cycling racing (and, yes, most in his sport did this as well) and […]

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Denver Book Signing Jan 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Tattered Cover

November 19, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

I’d love to have you join me to celebrate the launch of my new, and now, “Award Winning” book. Whether you knew it or not, you have been part of this journey since the beginning.

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Executive Energy: Are You Living Your Passion?

December 20, 2010 | By | 2 Comments

Making turns with my snowboard in a foot of fresh powder on a snowy day on Copper Mountain yesterday, I felt the aliveness that comes with doing something I’m passionate about.  Whether it’s snowboarding, writing or sitting in a circle of men and woman talking about their heart’s longing, my body tells me if I’m doing something I’m passionate about. Sometimes it’s a subtle tingling in my arms, sometimes a tenderness throughout my upper body, or a warm feeling around my heart. It’s as though my neurology is reminding me that I’m feeding my soul.  When you are living your passion, euphoric sensations are not something you experience all day or for days on end, they come and go. You […]

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Career Planning for CEOs

December 9, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Sometimes you have to find the funny in everyday events. Earlier this week Micheal Kindler, CEO of pharmacueitical giant Pfizer resigned. A less know fact is that Kindler used to be a senior executive at McDonald’s Corp. I found his career planning creative. Start with a company that produces food that raises people’s cholesterol then switch to running the company that has the number one drug (Lipitor) to reduce it. If this really is his plan I think his next stop will be running a chain of hospitals and then finishing his career in the funeral home business. This could be a template the tobacco company executives might want to look into.

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CEO Stress: Take This Job and …

December 7, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Today’s WSJ pages B2 and B3 were filled with stories about executives resigning. James Turner, the second highest-paid executive of Duke Energy is leaving after an inspector general thought he was too chummy with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (this is the fourth Duke CEO to leave due to questionable relationships with regulators). Kellogg’s CEO, David Mackay is resigning due to, among other things, getting hammered by the FTC for making false nutrition claims for its cereals that include Rice Krispies and Frosted Flakes. Swedish phone giant Ericsson’s Chairman Michael Treschow is resigning after nine years on the job and many successes to his credit. Treschow is not the CEO of the company but gets credit for a lot of […]

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Great Leadership From a Great Coach

December 6, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Here are a few more gems from collegiate lacrosse coach Bill Tierney. After coaching Princeton’s men’s lacrosse team for twenty-two years, Tierney recently took the job as the University of Denver’s lacrosse coach. I live in Denver and have two teenagers who play for DU youth lacrosse teams so I am following Tierney pretty closely.  At a breakfast talk last week, Coach Tierney shared his core philosophy that I thought had a wonderful application to business. He explained how he wants his players to use their experience playing lacrosse to develop skills for use in all areas of life.  His encourages his players to have priorities other than lacrosse. His are God, family, education, and lacrosse. By not putting lacrosse […]

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How to Build a Team by Celebrating the Little Guy/Gal

December 2, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

I listened to the University of Denver’s lacross coach Bill Tierney speak to a group of execs this morning. If you have not heard of Tierney you don’t follow college lacrosse. Bill Tierney is the John Wooden of lacrosse. After 22 years of incredible success coaching Princeton’s mens lacrosse team and six NCAA national championships (he had inherited a very weak team at Princeton with a loosing record, no history getting to the NCAA finals, no dedicated lacrosse field, etc.) he came to Denver l8 months ago. Someone to follow.  UUWEEXH5YCFKN Coach Tierney shared a number of coaching philosophies that can be applied to leadership – I’ll share more later. One I loved was that he does not believe in giving out “game […]

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The Cost of Looking Good

November 23, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

I had just walked into my hotel room in mid-town Manhattan. It was 5:00 pm and my heart stopped as I opened my suitcase. The one and only t-shirt I packed for a work out was three sizes too small. My heart had been set on a run in Central Park before dinner with a client and I had nothing to run in.  I decided to attempt to toss (more like stretch and unroll) the shirt on. It was long sleeved and sleeves came down to just below my elbows. The bottom just covered my naval for a sort of mid-drift Spandex look and feel. I looked in the mirror and hardly recognized myself; I looked like a middle-aged race-walker […]

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Enlightened Leadership

November 22, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

I had a short meeting with a friend last evening at a neighborhood restaurant. He was hired to change the corporate culture of a company controlled by private equity investors and run by a hard-charging CEO focused almost solely on near-term profits and operational metrics. Life for the employees of the company is no fun. Vendors are regularly mercilessly beat up and the CEO seems to thrive on chaos.  My friend was befuddled. “Why was I hired? This CEO shows no signs of wanting the change the culture”. He asked me a great question. “What’s the opposite of a fear-based culture?” I said it was a values-based culture. A culture where the featured PowerPoint slide of a company presentation is […]

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If Giving Is Better, Why Would We Rather Get?

November 19, 2010 | By | 2 Comments

People who give inspire me. I have struggled with my own blocks to giving. I often guard my time, ideas and money as if I am down to my last minute, proprietary thought or nickel. I have a lot of fancy rationalizations as to why I hold back yet I know this pattern runs deep in me. When I am not conscious, I give entirely on my terms; I hold back because I think everything is scarce. The deeper truth is that giving is vulnerable. The vulnerability blocks us from giving. We have hidden beliefs that tell us that we could get hurt if we give, we could look like a fool, we could take our eye off the process […]

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