No matter who he’s talking with, no matter the situation, Tom keeps in mind: humility and empathy. It takes down barriers, he said. A senior vice president with a Global 500 company, he readily acknowledged that he doesn’t know all the answers. But he does know how to work with all kinds of people. Bingo! That’s the
In honor of President’s Day, I offer you one of my favorite stories about Abraham Lincoln that demonstrates his wisdom and maturity as a leader. During the Civil War, when he was angry about something, he’d write what he referred to as a “hot letter.” Venting his thoughts and feelings with vigor, the receiver would
A few things to always remember: You can learn from people at all levels. Pay attention, in all directions. Trust is the key ingredient in every good relationship, negotiation, agreement, promise. You have talents specific to you. Only you have the combination. Pay attention. Trust. Be who only you can be.
I believe we grow in wisdom with every aha moment. Every bubble of insight. Every budge of awareness. Every tear in our heart. It grows with every experience we have and our responses to them. Wisdom is cumulative. When we choose to view our life experiences this way, it deepens. Last week, I told a
I love finding historical stories that relate to topics I’m writing about. My last two messages were about teamwork. This is about the power of enthusiasm. Every team needs enthusiasm to succeed. Treasure team members who are enthusiastic, for it stimulates others’ thinking. William Harley and Arthur Davidson started promoting their motorized cycle in 1903.
Last week, I wrote about helping others up a hill, being a team player. This week I’d like to tell you about Sylvia. She immediately comes to mind when I think of outstanding team players. Sylvia takes the team’s mission to heart and feels “privileged” to be part of the plans and decisions to achieve
Your mindset about your team is vital to your success. Your role is to help make the team successful — not just achieving goals but also working well together. Whether you’re a team member or leader, help others do well. Ask questions to learn, to open up thinking. Listen. Think beyond what’s happening now. Consider
You can teach someone how do to a job, but you can’t teach them good character or creativity. That was the crux of a conversation I had with “Nick” last week. Nick is an influential leader at a high-tech company who enjoys finding talent others overlook. His favorite finds are musicians, artists of all types,
As we begin 2020, here’s a habit to develop to make it an outstanding year. It’s a personal strategy to become more successful in something important to you. I’m going to do it. Want to join me? It takes only a couple of minutes to get started and has been proven to make a huge
After a new client told me about the challenging, sometimes totally frustrating, people she works with, she said something that made me know I would enjoy working with her. “No matter how frustrating they can be, I believe at their core they are good. I have no idea what they’ve gone through in their lives