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July 4, 2020

What we take for granted then astonished the whole world

[Download free PDF version]: Li #205 How George Washington Shaped History

AMERICANS HAVE BECOME historically challenged as never before. Rampant ignorance, miseducation, and twisted political agendas are clouding our national atmosphere.

The juvenile notion that the discovery of flaws in any individual of the past somehow wipes out the good they accomplished is the rage. Middle schoolers can reason better than that.

Every person is a child of...

July 2, 2020

Anger is counterproductive in holding people accountable

[Download free PDF version]: Li #204 Managing with Calm Confidence

HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE for right performance and behavior is a leader’s responsibility. During current conditions, managers are learning whether they can do so remotely, and many are struggling.

Whether in person or virtually, you can manage people appropriately if you first build a platform for accountability. Unfortunately, many managers don’t, forcing them to fall back...

June 12, 2020

Other virtues become irrelevant without the courage to lead

[Download free PDF version]: Li #203 Leadership and Courage

THE NEED OF the moment in our nation is for strong and effective leaders with particular qualities: Clarity of thought, clarity of speech, integrity, and a healthy vision for how the future can be better than today.

     

As good as they are, those qualities will be of no value without the requirement of leadership, which is courage.

The requirement of leadershi...

May 14, 2020

Lessons from a leader of leaders on the need of the moment

[Download Free PDF version]: Li #202 Leading When the Pressure Is On

LEADERS ARE FACING challenges unimagined just a few months ago. The pressure is on, but decisions and actions must be made. For instructive lessons, we can consider how the leaders of our military acted at the beginning of the Second World War.

Eisenhower and Marshall

One week after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Washington, D.C. He wen...

April 20, 2020

Leading your team to function well through a long-term challenge

[Download FREE PDF version]: Li #201 "Toward Productive Perseverance"

LEADERSHIP IS ALWAYS the critical factor in organization or team effectiveness. If possible, the importance of good leadership is magnified even greater during times like the present. Why?

People wear down under long-term stress

I can speak with much authority on this subject. Before becoming a full-time Sherpa Executive Coach, I spent 30 years in various forms of C...

March 22, 2020

Disruptive situations can present unusual leadership opportunities

[Download free PDF version]: Li #200 Leading in a Storm

THE WORLD IS going crazy around us due to the coronavirus pandemic. Things are shut down, disrupted, and unpredictable. No one can say how long this will last.

The more stressful and anxious the time, the more people look to leaders to show the way.  Besides that vital role, odd as it may seem, severely disrupted occasions like this also provide valuable opportunities for wise...

February 6, 2020

Business disasters usually come with clear prior warnings

[Download PDF version]: Li #199 Don't Ignore the Hot Light

SIGNS OF IMPENDING danger for a business, department, or team are typically not subtle. They are known, even discussed, yet leaders do nothing about it. Any of us can fall into this pattern.

A high percentage of new businesses fail, but failure is not limited to new ventures. Many long-established companies have found themselves in a nose-dive to oblivion.

Well-known examples would i...