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Keep Your Hands on the Wheel

“Complacency happens when you look at what you’ve built, admire it, take your hand off the steering wheel, and put your endeavor into autopilot. Complacency says, “I have arrived.” Look…

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  • Keep Your Hands on the Wheel

    “Complacency happens when you look at what you’ve built, admire it, take your hand off the steering wheel, and put your endeavor into autopilot. Complacency says, “I have arrived.” Look out! This way of thinking assumes a static status quo: you will always remain the same if you operate from this perspective. However, when you see life as dynamic—never steady, consistently moving and changing—you will never take your hands off the wheel. We’ve all seen organizations and churches lose what they’ve built because of complacency. Fight this tendency in yourself to accept a false security, and always stay alert and ready for what’s coming next.”

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  • Into Orbit: Learning How to Lead and Follow

    In my role, I have the privilege of being in rooms with many amazing leaders. I see so many of them who no longer understand how to follow. Every leader must know both how to lead and how to follow. Think about it this way: a rocket ship takes off with the assistance of booster rockets, right? Your booster rocket is your ability to follow others—that’s what puts you into orbit as a leader. Just as every follower someday emerges into a leader, every leader must remember how to follow. This is a symbiotic relationship that has to be cultivated and maintained. So, my question for you today is this: Who are you following—who is your leader?

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  • Don’t Hurry Towards Certainty

    Nobody likes to be uncertain. However, I want to encourage you to embrace that place of not knowing all the answers. You see, as soon as you are certain about a course of action, alternative options are removed from your mind. Certainty narrows our perspective in this way. Uncertainty widens our perspective. If embraced, uncertainty can provide solutions you never considered possible. Eventually, you will be certain; but don’t be in a hurry to get there.

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  • How to Engage Emerging Leaders

    My two daughters are engaged in my businesses. They bring a different skill set and way of thinking to the table than I do. How do we engage emerging leaders and make use of their unique contributions? We must be willing to embrace their perspectives. All my life, I have been telling my daughters what to do; now, I must listen when they say, “Dad, let’s do it this way instead.” Otherwise, I will never engage with them. Engaging emerging leaders means making room for what they bring to you table: their contributions will take you where you want to go.

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  • Authenticity

    Authentic means “this is it.” I travel to different parts of the world and try to collect as many souvenirs as I can. Every one of you was born with a fake and authentic radar. I’m a leadership consultant and organizations call me in to do something you can already do yourself: listening to one’s radar. Authenticity is a key attribute that leaders should hold. Here is how it applies to you as a leader.

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  • Innovation

    I know that “Innovation” is a tired word. There are many different definitions for it. I want to talk to you about when innovation happens. Innovation is a direct reflection of the values of your organization and happens in environments. As a leader, my question for you is, “How am I creating the environment in which innovation can take place?” Your task is to create an atmosphere. And this is why.

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  • Accelerate and Brake

    Today I want to talk about two pedals in your car: the accelerator and brake. You need both. In every organization, there are accelerators and brakes. We fall in love with the accelerators, but we do not typically value those who are brakes. Without brakes, you would not be able to think through different processes. You must value both. Here is why.

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  • Lifetime Student

    Maybe you were not a good student like me. Instead, I want to talk to you about being a Lifetime Learner. Somewhere, we start thinking “I know it.” Or we continue to learn in a narrow field. Our educational system creates that funnel. We start at the top learning different subjects, but as we go into higher up education, the subjects become narrow. I want to tell you to learn and read widely. Here is why.

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  • Playing Not to Lose

    Teams stop playing to win and begin playing not to lose. When players make it a goal not to lose, they are ahead in score. Though we know that we are winning, we begin to play defense. When you start playing defense, we lose our appetite to be risk takers. Teams that win do not look at the score, they look for improvement and growth. Here is how to be a winner in life.

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  • Poets & Engineers

    Many leaders are poets who speak about ideological concepts and have philosophical beliefs. I want to discuss directional leadership. This form of leadership requires us to be poets and engineers. As a leader, we must be able to paint a big abstract picture and create the architectural constructs. Some of us tend to lead towards one or the other, but it is essential to have a balance of both. Here is how to become both a poet and an engineer.

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