Most people have no idea who Mordechai was. Yet, if you are in a leadership position, or a consultant to leaders, he is your professional ancestor. He facilitated important organizational change in 600 BC, improved and saved lives, enabled a significant promotion of someone, and was instrumental in the firing of a corrupt senior leader. His story reads like an overly dramatic version of my work life, and probably yours.
Mordechai is a character in the biblical story of Purim. Purim is a Jewish holiday this weekend that celebrates the success of Esther and Mordechai. The parallel of Mordechai and… Read the full article >
Love is as important in the executive suite as in the bedroom suite. Love simply means having deep affection. It means caring. Why wouldn’t you have deep affection for people you spend most of your waking hours with, who share with you the challenge and joys of overcoming obstacles, and whose success means your success? More to the point of leadership – if you, the leader, doesn’t care about the team, why should the team care about you, your goals and your priorities?
Tom Brady played every play in Super Bowl LI like the previous. With calm confidence. It didn’t matter what the score was. It didn’t matter if they were down 21–3 at halftime or moving towards a tie at 28–20 in the 4th quarter. There was the same emotional tenor all the time. In the huddles and on the field. They were playing the game, play by play. No upset, no excitement. Just playing the game. This was not an accident. This was by design. This is the design of Tom Brady, whose emotional leadership created a team ready to… Read the full article >
Ask any CEO their goals for the year and they will tell you their market growth and profitability targets. But ask them WHY these goals matter, and many won’t get beyond long-term growth and competitive advantage. These are important reasons to set goals but they won’t set your team on fire. They won’t give your team the energy to climb the hurdles they will face. Organizational success is built upon a stronger bedrock than goals. The research is clear that the motivation to excel resides in the emotions, not the intellect. To blow away your goals, you need to create a… Read the full article >