Coaching Superstars

What is the #1 challenge of founders/leaders I work with? Help superstars break through. High performing superstars plateau too. They stall at the edges of their will and abilities too. They need help too. How do we make the best of the best better? 1. Superstars grind different Superstars learn, practice, and persevere differently. You… Continue reading Coaching Superstars

What They Don’t Tell You About Crisis Management

I had to manage a few career threatening crisis. We were in Xiamen and we got into trouble with the local police. It started with an altercation between a few teammates and a Japanese client. The police was called but they decided to not arrest the client. Our team felt injustice and decided to surround… Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Crisis Management

How Do Tough-and-Great Bosses Make Us Feel?

There are tough bosses, and there are tough bosses we love. Tough-and-great bosses are those who push and criticize us and we still sadistically yearn for more. One of my tough bosses had standards that were barbarically exorbitant. Once we were preparing for a large trade show and he asked us to elevate the grand… Continue reading How Do Tough-and-Great Bosses Make Us Feel?

The Flywheel of Intrinsic Performance

Dear founders, business owner, bosses, To max out the potential of your team, apply the “Flywheel Effect” in your people. This concept is developed in the book “Good to Great.”  A flywheel is a heavy revolving wheel used in large machines. It is difficult to push from a standstill, but once it starts spinning it… Continue reading The Flywheel of Intrinsic Performance

The Leadership Skill We Should All Hone

More often than not, confusion roots in somebody not saying something that needs to be said, or not saying it in a way that can be heard. Jerry Colonna I believe the leadership skill that every leader should hone is relating. Consider books. Thousands of books are written on a topic, and thousands more are… Continue reading The Leadership Skill We Should All Hone

I Am Not A Natural Leader (And That’s Great)

“Do not envy those who seem to be naturally gifted.” I am a slow learner and am socially very awkward. Back in college, I was the concert master of the school orchestra. I was very uncomfortable under the spot light. During our first performance, I decided to tilt my head sideways the entire time I… Continue reading I Am Not A Natural Leader (And That’s Great)

Don’t Just Give the Why: Give Context.

Don’t just give the why. Give context instead. It’s a more useful leadership skill. Why? Well, often we need to move goalposts in order to get after the why. Giving context is a good way to justify goalposts moving to our teams. What’s the difference between giving the why vs giving context? When we explain… Continue reading Don’t Just Give the Why: Give Context.