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You've been given a responsibility. Your deadline is looming, the demands are significant, and you're not sure how to solve the problem. Alone at your desk, you wonder if you even have it in you to figure this out.Many developing leaders (and not a few...

Book Review: The Oz Principle

Today's book review is The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability by Hickman, Smith, and Collins. The Oz Principle is an entire book thoroughly exploring one concept: responsibility. I appreciate this book for its laser-sharp focus on helping individuals and organizations recognize that...

Between Today and Tomorrow

There are two traps that can act as whirlpools and suck the life out of aspiring leaders.Both of these pitfalls involve extremes of hope. The first, and more obvious of the two, is hopelessness. It is all too easy for a leader to look at today's...

I Looked for the Dry Places

Photo by Tim EllisWhen I was a child, a mentor told me the story of two boys walking home after a heavy rain. Their mother had given them strict instructions not to ruin their new shoes by getting them wet. Both boys tried very hard...

Which Problems Do I Want?

Recently, I spoke with the leader of a nonprofit organization who was wrestling with a decision involving one of three difficult choices. He had postponed the decision for an entire year while searching for a problem-free solution. I believe his search was hopeless.Most of us...

Where Are Your Eyes?

Photo by ArkansasShutterbugThis weekend my wife, daughter, and I went for a drive over Colorado's Trail Ridge Road. Located in Rocky Mountain National Park, this road is simply spectacular. Herds of elk grazed the alpine tundra, marmots scurried for cover as we passed, and fields...

Death to the Colorblind?

Photo by Duncan HarrisIn my office there is a sticker given to me by my sister. The sticker is a red-green color blindness test: a field of green dots interspersed with orange and red dots.Apparently, the orange and red dots spell out "Death to the...