Leadership

Leadership Lessons From Extreme Hardship: The Ernest Shackleton Saga

  Leadership is a long game. That’s what the story of Ernest Shackleton demonstrates through his heroic attempt to trek across Antarctica in the early 1900s. Why anybody would want to punish themselves like that is beyond me, but hey, I’m not one to judge. In my book Navigating Chaos (download a free chapter here) I shared the concept of organizational fitness, which …

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Part I: Lifelong Learning–How NOT to be Stupid

Lifelong Learning Continual learning is paramount to the perpetuity of any organization, and lifelong learners are constantly investigating and seeking new innovative ideas and trends inside and outside their own fields (Schraeder, Freeman, & Durham, 2007). Knowledge seekers exhibit systemic thinking that allows them to see the interconnections between life roles and suspend their assumptions …

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How Startup Founders Can Build Their Own Badass Team

  Leadership matters, but teams deliver. I recently had the privilege of speaking on a panel in Silicon Valley alongside mental conditioning coach Trevor Moawad on Building An Elite Mindset For Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders. (Yes, I’m wearing purple) In talking with the startup founders in attendance, the other top challenge entrepreneurs face—in addition to managing the …

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If You Haven’t Seen Admiral McRaven’s Speech on “10 Ways to Change the World,” You Need To

President Powers, Provost Fenves, Deans, members of the faculty, family and friends and most importantly, the class of 2014. Congratulations on your achievement. It’s been almost 37 years to the day that I graduated from UT. I remember a lot of things about that day. I remember I had throbbing headache from a party the …

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A Company Reorganization Isn’t The Answer. Here’s What Is.

Before I forget, I’m facilitating an online coaching group geared toward leaders and managers aspiring for“the next level.” Learn more here. Reorganization never works. Well, maybe not “never” but, suffice to say, reorganization is typically just a quick fix for deeper-rooted challenges that leaders would rather “push off” in hopes that they sort themselves out on their own rather …

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