Acting Fearless

My nephew Connor insists that he suffers from Coulrophobia: fear of clowns. An actor in university, recently he played the part of Rainbow Sprinkles, an ebullient clown trying to get hired to perform at a children's birthday party. Interviewing with a hyper-politically correct mother, poor Mr. Sprinkles' cheerful spirit is crushed by the end of the play as every conceivable part of his act is deemed potentially offensive to some child (or child's parent). Admittedly biased, I thought he was a magnificent clown, especially in light of his … [Read more...]

Leaders for the End-of-the-World

Aliens invade and humankind goes into hiding. A flu virus wipes out most of the world’s population. The power across the globe goes out and can’t be turned back on. Robots we created take over and we’re on the run to find a new planet to colonize. Flesh-eating zombies are everywhere and the remaining survivors desperately avoid being bitten. Civilization is under totalitarian, Big Brotheresque rule, but just over the horizon there’s freedom, if one of us can just make it there. We love these end-of-the-world … [Read more...]

The 5 Breaks You Need to Succeed

break·through ˈbrākˌTHro͞o/ noun: a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development; an instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity Notice how the buzzword “breakthrough” is everywhere? Breakthrough thinking, breakthrough performance, breakthrough earning, breakthrough conversations, and my personal favorite: breakthrough diet pills that make or keep us thin while we lounge on the sofa eating as much of any ol’ thing we want. I googled "breakthrough" and "book titles." In seconds, nearly 14 million … [Read more...]

A Little Magic Can Take Leaders A Long Way

Last week I heard myself give a textbook answer to the question, “What’s the difference between leaders and managers?” I won’t bore you by sharing what I responded because even if you don’t read as many articles and books on leadership as I do, you’d intuitively sense that there must be more to truly great leaders. After my acceptable answer popped toad-like from my lips, I almost immediately started reflecting upon what my authentic, deeper answer is, the answer that I didn’t have the courage or quick-thinking capacity to state at the … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Lead Like An Ass(umer)

Assumptions. We all make them, all the time. Or at least I assume you do because I do. "When you assume you make an ass out of you and me." You've heard that expression a thousand times. The ever-practical Ellen DeGeneres explains the expression: “You should never assume. You know what happens when you assume. You make an ass out of you and me because that's how it's spelled.” Got it, Ellen, funny. How often do you lead like an ass(umer)? Assumptions can be dangerous. If you don't realize how dangerous assumptions can be, look no … [Read more...]

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