Heart Based Leadership Interview

Huffington Post Role Mode Articlel

What is one characteristic every leader should possess?

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

These are some of the interview questions I was asked.

I was honored when Lolly Daskal, a leadership expert I highly respect, asked to interview me for her Huffington Post series.

Lolly is featuring 12 leaders she believes are role models for achieving success through heart based leadership.

Please click here to read the interview -> Role Model With 20/20 Insight

The Ups and Downs of Delegating

Ups and Downs of Delegating

Where Do You Sit On the Scale?

Are you under-delegating? Are you a control-freak?

Are you delegating too much? Are you an absentee manager?

Are you erratic in doing both? Are you a seagull manager?

Problems arise when you are too far on either end of the scale. When you under-delegate, you are the only one staying awake at night thinking of solutions. When you over-delegate, you are in danger of being held responsible for a huge mess that you had no awareness of.

Three Signs You Are Under-Delegating

People head in the opposite direction when they see you approach. They’re concerned you’ll grill them about details of their work. When you talk with your . . . → Read More: The Ups and Downs of Delegating

How to Create a Shared Vision That Works

Steps to Create a Shared Vision

The Full Steam Ahead! Roadmap

This is a “how to” post – for leaders and team members who want to create a shared vision. Over the years I have written blog posts that provide an explanation of each of these steps. This post connects the dots by linking these posts with the steps they support. This is the roadmap for the process I use to create a shared vision that not only inspires, but provides clarity on direction and ongoing guidelines for decision-making.

Step 1: Create a Compelling Team Vision

1) Before you begin, everyone should understand the three elements of a compelling vision and how they are interrelated.

Three Keys to Visions That Work . . . → Read More: How to Create a Shared Vision That Works

Three Leadership Principles for Times of Chaos

Leadership Principles for Chaos

Guest post by Bob Miglani

Walk into a business planning meeting, visit a customer, look at a forecast and all we see is uncertainty on the horizon these days. Coupled with unpredictability, the sheer complexity of global business and the speed of it all, and it feels like we’re living in chaos.

Trying to figure out which way to go, it’s easy to get lost in overanalyzing everything and end up feeling stuck, overwhelmed and unable to move forward.

Yet, despite the chaos, some leaders forge ahead successfully. What are they doing differently? What’s the secret sauce?

Apply these three leadership principles for times of chaos to lead effectively in the “new normal.”

1. Focus on ideas not on resources.

It’s easy to . . . → Read More: Three Leadership Principles for Times of Chaos

Try Collaborative Change for a Change

LGI Room Conversation

If you are tired of “trickle-down” change, consider using a collaborative change process where a large slice of your organization comes together for real conversation and to make decisions about your collective future in real-time.

This kind of high-involvement process was used by Southern New England Telephone to prepare for deregulation and the emergence of competition. It was used by Jackson Hole Ski Resort to reconsider their strategic direction. It was used when the Boston Gardens closed and they opened the new Fleet Center building. It was used by the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center when they opened under new management.

It has been used by hundreds of other organizations, where leaders understood that the attempt to hold onto power at the top of . . . → Read More: Try Collaborative Change for a Change

My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

Jesse's top 10 blog posts of 2013

It feels like a déjà vu. As 2013 draws to a close, here I am again sitting by a warm fire on a wintery Sunday night in New England, just as I did exactly a year ago, reflecting on the year and taking the opportunity to identify my top posts.

Again, I have turned this into a bit of a project. This time I created a formula that included the number of views from google analytics , the total number of social media shares and the number of reader comments. Some of my personal favorites are not on the list, but I think it pretty accurately reflects what my readers liked best.

I did not include my Value of Vision Series in my analysis because . . . → Read More: My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

Pause Before You Plan

pause before you plan


This is a lovely moment. The darkest day of the darkest week of the year in the northern hemisphere.

It is the moment before the balance shifts and light begins to overtake darkness.

On the winter solstice, the rhythm of the sun pauses as it changes direction from decrease to increase.

If we pay attention, we, too, can’t help but pause.

This darkest day of the darkest week beckons us to pause.

What does any great athlete do before they…

…. dive into the water

…. throw the discus

…. grab the rings

They pause.

What are they thinking about?

Nothing — absolutely nothing.

Shabbat means stop, cease. That’s what this week beckons us . . . → Read More: Pause Before You Plan

How To Become Your Own Successor

Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way

Guest Post by Bruce Rosenstein

Most people are familiar with succession planning for an organization. Who is going to follow you as a leader once it is time for you to be replaced, and what must be done to prepare that person?

Succession planning is undeniably important. But if you grow and develop throughout your personal and professional life, and continually transform and improve yourself, there is the possibility that the person who replaces you can be yourself.

In other words, you can become your own successor.

I started developing the idea for this construct in 2011, when the Brazilian business magazine Administradores asked me who could be considered as successors to Peter Drucker, who died in 2005 at 95, as the leading . . . → Read More: How To Become Your Own Successor

The Images We Hold Create Our Reality

Images Create Reality

When I ask people to describe what it would look like if there were world peace, it’s hard for them to conjure up specific images or descriptions. However, they easily provide vivid descriptions of what a post-World War III world would look like. All they have to do is describe a recent movie or a video game.

On a daily basis we are bombarded with images of destruction in movies, on television and even in electronic games that children play. In contrast, we see few images of a positive future.

The images we hold in our mind have a tremendous impact on the reality we create.

Positive images are not easy to find, but there are more than . . . → Read More: The Images We Hold Create Our Reality