November 26, 2019

There are only two types of people in the world today: leaders––and those who refuse. Let’s start with that. I don’t care if you’re the janitor or the CEO, if you’re willing to provide an example for others––if you inspire, empower or guide others in any way, you are a...

November 22, 2019

If I was going to live through the 1980s I had a decision to make. It wasn’t an easy one. 

I had to quit drugs…

At most SENSEI LEADER events, I tell a short story about the day I quit. I want to be clear. I don’t tell this story to solicit any sympathy and I certainly do...

October 8, 2019

“Communication is the most important part of leading change.”

“It’s important to communicate the importance of this change to everyone at every step.”

“We’ve got to make sure people understand how important this change is.”

And the worst of all…

“We’ve got to make sure peo...

September 4, 2019

Whose responsibility is that?

The leader knows whose responsibility it is. “Mine.” 

Even when you delegate tasks and duties to others, the responsibility rests with the leader. 

Some people argue with me on that point. They say that each of us should be responsible when w...

August 21, 2019

Human-centric leadership is NOT optional. 

It is NOT a luxury you can put off. It is NOT soft. It is NOT just some feel-good platitude.

The research is absolutely clear. People perform at their best when––and only when––they know their leaders care, when their work has m...

August 1, 2019

Inspiration should be commonplace in leadership.

Too often I hear leaders say that they have difficulty thinking of themselves as inspiring. Humility is a good thing––but we shouldn’t let humility impede our true potential or keep us from one of our most powerful leader...

April 11, 2019

One of the questions I get asked most often is how, exactly, do you find a good mentor?

Let’s start with two fundamental questions:

#1 What, exactly are you trying to accomplish?

Pick one. Seriously. What is the most important thing you’re trying to accomplish right now?