Steve’s Leadership Blog

Character vs. Credentials

There was a great article a few years ago in Conference Board Review magazine – the article presents an argument that character is more important than credentials (which can be described as the “preferred name brands” that we all know and recognize - the string of pearls that stretches from family pedigree to well-known universities to prestigious graduate schools to brand-name employers). ... read more

Follow the Leader

I’m fascinated by movies where a bunch of people fall victim to some kind of natural disaster or freak accident, because the story inevitably revolves around a central question of leadership: “who are these people going to follow?”  It’s fun to watch as candidates emerge for the leadership role; debates and arguments ensue, people take sides, etc.  Usually the smartest,... read more

Strategy, Process, People – A Problem Solving Model

Here’s an easy model to use when trying to get at the root of a business problem. Challenge yourself (and your team) to think of the issue as emanating from one of 3 places – strategy, process, or people.  Before you get to actual solutions, be sure you’ve agreed as a team about which of these three “roots” is the... read more

Develop Your Teachable Point of View

In the leadership world, there are a number of cool phrases that represent styles, behaviors or philosophies that help us lead others. One of the most enduring leadership phrases is “teachable point of view”, which is most often attributed to leadership expert Noel Tichy.  A teachable point of view is your opinion on what it takes to lead other people.... read more

Advice for College Graduates

Our youngest son is entering his final year of college this fall, and he's starting to ask for advice about the world of work.  There's a lot to learn in any new industry, company or role, but some advice is timeless, regardless of the new job you're starting (whether you're 22 or 52, I suppose).  Here are the tips I... read more