Posts with the ‘Character’ tag

When a Mistake is Not a Mistake

Mistake face

Cheating on your wife is more than a mistake. A mistake is when you knock over someone else’s drink – Oops! When a man calls cheating a mistake, he is insinuating he accidentally got naked, fell on top of that naked woman, in a hotel room, after buying her drinks, and turning off his phone […]

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Our Slippery Slope Toward Moral Failure

Moral Failure

Most leadership failures are failures of character. The leaders in law enforcement, academia, and business who are making headlines for their moral failures should make us all stop and pay attention to our own paths in life. 

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Fear and the Micromanager

“She’s a micromanager! Fifteen years and she is still looking over my shoulder checking up on me. She still doesn’t trust me!” Micromanaging? Some say this is a trust issue. That may be what it looks like from the outside. But, inside the micromanager the issue is often plain old-fashioned fear.

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Your Choices Make You or Break You

Each time we are faced with a choice, we are either moving closer to the person we want to be or further from it.   Who we are as a person is determined by the choices we make in life. Courage is a choice. Humility is a choice. Integrity is a choice. Selflessness is a choice. […]

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The Dearth of Moral Courage in Leadership

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” – Mark Twain King Solomon once stated, “there is nothing new under the sun.” It seems the lack of moral Courage among leaders was as common in Mark Twain’s day as it is in our day. This […]

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West Point’s Prayer for Leaders on July 4

Thirty-three years ago this week, I entered the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of the Class of 1988.  That first week, we had to learn the West Point Cadet Prayer. This week the Class of 2021 began their journey as part of the “Long Gray Line”.

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Should Loyalty Trump Integrity

When President Trump purportedly asked FBI Director Comey for his loyalty, a shiver went down my spine.  I wrote the following blog over 3 years ago. It’s amazing how the title and topic of this blog seem eerily prophetic. I also want to thank the President, the former Director and every politician in Washington for […]

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Leader Development – The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

Just because we hand somebody a new set of tools, it does not make him a carpenter. Many corporate initiatives in leader development do the same thing. They hand out good tools and wonder why the people aren’t becoming better leaders.

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Three Keys To Growing as a Leader

“I know what I am doing now.”  That is what I thought after a few years leading sales teams. I thought I had arrived.  But each time I allowed myself to think that, I was proven wrong. It took awhile, but I finally realized becoming a leader has no end point.

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The Difference Between An Excuse and A Reason

Making excuses is a favorite topic of mine when I speak to groups about leadership and character. I am often asked, “Aren’t there legitimate reasons for a failure? Shouldn’t that matter?” My reply: “Yes. It matters. As long as we know the difference between an excuse and a reason.”

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