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Hurry isn't of the devil. Hurry is the devil. - Dallas Willard Once you decide you’re going to go for it, to become who you were created to be instead of just churning away at the next accomplishment, you’re enrolling in a class of sorts. Getting durable change from...read more
Do you ever wonder what it takes to make changes that stick instead of slipping back into old patterns of behavior? I’ve been curious about that for a long time. To really understand how people make durable change, let’s flip the question and ask how people get stuck,...read more
Of all the excuses we hear on a daily basis about doing things that will help us become more of who we were created to be, perhaps the most common is “I don’t have time.” A moment of self-reflection tells us this is a lie. Time is allocated so equally, that even...read more
Deep down, you want to make an impact. You want to be an and person.You want to perform at a very high level and serve a deeper purpose.You want to be smart and good.You want to excel and influence the world around you for the common good. You want to be about the...read more
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius I’ve argued that who you’re becoming matters more than what you’re doing. But what does focusing on your inner game look like in real life? What does it look like in my life? A while back, I was...read more
My friend Troy is a serial entrepreneur, always on the hunt for sharp talent who can help him put legs on his breakthrough ideas. I wanted to know what his single favorite question was of the young people he was interviewing. He didn’t have to think. He...read more
For the past year, weekends have been strange. During the prior seven years, my wife and two boys and I got up at 5 am on Saturdays and baked 100+ loaves of bread for a growing group of customers in our side business named Noonday Bread. The decision to shut the...read more
“You know we’re not done yet, right?”
This isn’t exactly what Tom had hoped to hear. But he has a feeling Katie is right. They’re sitting in their conference room immediately after launching the company’s initiative teams. Tom feels pretty good about their work so far. His team had set leadership bench strength goals, assessed their leaders, and carefully engaged each initiative leader in both the task and the development opportunity of their work.
“You mean we could still screw this up?” Tom says with a slight twinkle in his eye.read more
Tom’s team sits, simultaneously sobered and strangely energized. They’re about to deploy their strategy through a variety of key initiatives. They have resolved to use their strategy implementation process to dramatically increase the depth of their leadership bench.
The plain, hard facts stare them in the face. They just mapped their existing team to sort their proven leaders from your potential leaders. They’ve set targets about converting a certain number of potential leaders into proven leaders – and elevating solid team members into the potential leader category. They know they have to do all of this while getting a slate of key projects completed.read more
Tom looks perplexed. His organization just finished building a plan for its next three years.
They had made significant progress. As he said in a meeting earlier in the week, “For the first time in a long time, I think we have a strategy!” But today, as he faces a list of high gain initiatives, Tom realizes his next major obstacle. “How are we going to get all of this done?” he wondered out loud. “We just don’t have the leadership bench we need to make this happen.”read more
If you slept in a warm bed last night... give thanks. If your house is untouched by fire or flood... give thanks. If your sleep was uninterrupted by violence and fear... give thanks. If you were blessed with a good education that stretched your mind and heart... give...read more
I could see Claire slump a little in her chair. She was a very senior leader in her company and had been charged with leading a decision team through the evaluation of a major strategic choice, one that would dramatically shift the business model of the company by...read more