Oops! I Did it Again, How to Avoid Bad Counsel

In my recent post, You Aren’t Smart Enough, I shared a list of counselor types a leader should surround themselves with in order to make great decisions. As important as good counsel is, it is just as important, perhaps more-so, to know how to avoid bad counsel.  Below are a list of bad counselor types […]

You Aren’t Smart Enough

Jim Rohn said, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  That is a little more in-your-face than the “birds of a feather flock together” mantra, but there is definitely some truth to it.  So take a moment and think about who you spend time with at work, because […]

Make a Decision

There were 30-ish doctoral candidates standing on a street corner just outside of Washington DC.  For all of us, except one, this was the first time in our lives that we’ve been at this location.  I’m being generous with the “one”, as you’ll see in a minute.  We were there for a weekend seminar and […]

How to Move Up

When was the last time you thought about, or had a discussion with a spouse, co-worker, or friend about how to move up.  Sometimes the conversation is about someone who moved up too quickly, or someone who didn’t move up fast enough.  Sometimes it’s just a colleague or friend wanting to vent about why they […]

Leadership is Not Management

Leadership Truth Being in management, does not make you a leader. Being a leader does not require a formal title. Being in management does not make you a leader My team and I were all in data engineering-type roles, and had been for quite some time.  All of the development teams, including ours were transitioning […]

Finding Leadership – Series Introduction

Over the past 10 years or so I have had the incredible experience of finding leadership.  I have led people through both mundane and extraordinary circumstances.  I have learned from and been inspired by other great leaders either through their books or through personal interactions (Check out my reading list).  And I have observed regular […]

Here is My Plan to Win. What’s yours?

BA Times and other sources suggest it was Ben Franklin who said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  Over the past 13 years, I’ve had a 10-15 year plan that is complete when one or both of the two following goals: 1) become a c-level executive in a healthcare organization or 2) […]

Develop Your Intellect, A Few Approaches

“Develop your intellect” was a phrase my English Literature professor said in every class during my Junior year of college. It seemed obvious and a little bit over-stated at the time. After all, we were in college doing just that. Nearly 20 years later, I want to share with you a few different approaches to […]

How to Have a Better Conference Experience

This week I had the privilege of attending the 2019 Gartner Catalyst Conference in San Diego, CA. The venue is the Grand Hyatt, and the conference is a technology conference covering topics like advanced analytics, machine learning, information security, and many more. But the conference itself is not the topic of this blog. I want […]