What History Teaches Today’s Leaders

Four Leadership Qualities from History’s Great Figures. Great moments in history occur when the seemingly impossible becomes reality.  In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood “in the symbolic shadow” of Lincoln and delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.  In 2013 and a mere 1.9 miles away, President Barack Obama was sworn in as the President … Continue reading What History Teaches Today’s Leaders

Problem Solving for Business

Change Your Thinking and Improve Your Odds of Success. A few weeks ago, I met with a client, whom we’ll call “Jack.”  Jack built a career on developing ideas for technology products based on patterns in user data.  As you can imagine with the tech boom in San Francisco, Jack had been incredibly successful. However, … Continue reading Problem Solving for Business

What I Learned about Business from U2

How Business and Life Work in Mysterious Ways. Lessons in business are everywhere.  This week, I found them on my iPod.  As I’ve shared before, I am a huge fan of U2.  I adore the band’s music, creativity and social activism.  I never realized that their songs are also lessons in business and life for … Continue reading What I Learned about Business from U2

The Power of Purpose

What’s the use in running if you’re on the wrong road? A few years ago, I was hired by a company (let’s call it “Acme”) to improve profitability.  At the start of any project, my colleagues and I always do a Discovery Process, where we split up and interview people at all levels in the … Continue reading The Power of Purpose

What Business Teaches Us

A Life Lesson Delivered Over Lunch.  Recently, I met with a client, who was nearing retirement.  As our coaching relationship was coming to a close, “Bob” and I had a final lunch to celebrate endings and new beginnings. Bob was reflecting on his successes and failures during his incredible career.  Over our entrees, I asked … Continue reading What Business Teaches Us