The Power of Follow-Up: Ask Clarifying Questions

The Power of Follow-Up: Ask Clarifying Questions

Good leaders are also, in some respects, like good investigators. They gather information from many sources as a means of making the best decisions and, in turn, achieving the best possible outcome. This lesson was reinforced to me in a somewhat unlikely place. A...
Mistakes are Okay – Hiding Them Is Not

Mistakes are Okay – Hiding Them Is Not

As much as we need to be the anti-elephant and have a short-term memory about our mistakes, we can’t hide those errors, either. Humans are fallible, so mistakes are not only accepted, but expected. However, hiding your mistakes is not acceptable, under any...
Back to Basics

Back to Basics

A few weeks ago (and often, for that matter), I talked “fundamentals.” And no one knew the importance of fundamentals – both on and off the field – quite like Ed Thomas did. To the town of Parkersburg, Iowa (pop. 1,889), Thomas was a coaching legend of epic...
Saying “No” to Self-Sabotage

Saying “No” to Self-Sabotage

How many times have you heard a “leadership guru” discuss the importance of saying “No” in terms of not filling your plate with so many duties that you can’t do any one task well? I like to think of that word – “No” – in a completely different way – as in, “Don’t give...