Question of the Day #256

Influence or Authority: To which do you aspire?

Question of the Day #255

Have you ever pitched a new idea that you already thought was bad?

Belonging

Belonging

I thoroughly enjoy being on teams. I grew up playing team sports, and an emphasis on teamwork was a constant in my home throughout and beyond my childhood. At the same time, I am a proud introvert. I enjoy and need time to myself. In fact, as I type this I am sitting in the […]

Question of the Day #254

Do you accept the default settings or do you prefer customization?

Question of the Day #253

When listening to someone share an idea, are you looking for reasons to reject or accept it?

Question of the Day #252

Are you a careerist?

Question of the Day #251

Have you ever been pleased to learn that you were in fact wrong about something you were so sure about? How did you come to learn you were wrong?

Question of the Day #250

Is it wrong to treat coworkers as family?

Question of the Day #249

Do you give others reason to know that candor can be career enhancing?

Question of the Day #248

Do you measure what you value or merely measure what you can? If it is the former, how do you make it obvious that you truly value the the things you measure?

short-term-long-term

Long-Term Stewardship

It’s no secret that we live in a world where immediate gratification is a growing priority. We want to see results now. Whether it is wins on the athletic field, profitability on our bottom line, or the delivery of our pizza, we want it now! Whether we talk about the economy, the climate, or our […]

Question of the Day #247

What is the next milestone you will celebrate?

Question of the Day #246

What is the most recent lesson you learned the hard way?

Question of the Day #245

What is the biggest impediment you have experienced in your efforts to inspire change within your organization?

Question of the Day #244

How much progress have you made toward your goals so far this year?

Question of the Day #243

Do you have aspirations or plans?

Question of the Day #242

When looking for guidance, do you spend more time looking to others or in the mirror?

Question of the Day #241

Are you more focused on preserving the status quo or creating additional opportunity for you and your teammates in the future?

Evolve

Don’t Just Change. Evolve!

One of the primary differences between managers and leaders is that managers are asked primarily to maintain the status quo, and leaders are charged with inspiring others to adapt to an ever-changing environment. It is often said that we manage things/processes – but we lead people. I don’t like to debate the difference between management and […]

Question of the Day #240

How often do you sacrifice so that others may gain?

Question of the Day #239

When you drive to work what do you think about most?

Question of the Day #238

What do you see as the difference between change and evolution?

Question of the Day #237

When was the last time you put your life on pause and gave it deep thought?

Question of the Day #236

What will you notice today that has been right in front of your face all along?

Expect to Win

(Don’t) Expect to Win

Each week in anticipation of and during Naval Academy football games I hear local commercials about how Midshipmen ‘Expect to Win’ on and off the field. At my son’s last swimming event, he told me that he expected to win all but one of his races. In a recent conversation with a young lady who […]

Question of the Day #235

Who was the MVP in your life this week?

Question of the Day #234

Are you spending too much time at work?

Question of the Day #233

What is the best ‘mistake’ you have ever made?

Question of the Day #232

Do you expect to win?

Question of the Day #231

If it’s easy, is it worth it doing?