The Boulder Problem

Leadership and rock climbing have striking similarities. I recently watched Free Solo, the 2019 Oscar-winning documentary about Alex Honnold’s ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. The climb is 3,200 feet straight-up, and free soloing is ascending without a rope.

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Reach for Diversity, Unleash Potential

The Value of Outsiders

I am a career outsider. I have never held any particular leadership position longer than two years, but that’s not uncommon in my profession. Like many of my colleagues, I am a generalist, and resist “expertise” as I see it as a potentially inhibiting label.

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Show Me Your Calendar, I’ll Tell You What’s Important

Seven years ago, I was uncomfortably stuck making fear‐based decisions, not sleeping, feeling anxious, stressed and unhappy. I was the president and CEO of a professional services firm that was growing and bringing in big revenue numbers. Everything should have been great, but personally, I was struggling.

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A Meaningful Life

Imagine your doctor informs you that you are very sick and could die in the next few days. How would you feel if, after consulting dozens of top doctors, every major medical center in the United States confirms that you are 100 percent terminal and that nothing can be done?

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Awakening the Conscious Leader Within

Have you ever gotten to the top of the ladder or the end of the finish line and felt confused and lost rather than full and accomplished? Over and over for me, every time I reached a goal, I was left with the feeling, “Is this it?” With each accomplishment, the yearning for something more only became more pronounced.

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The Fun-to-Misery Ratio

A member of my staff once said, “I work my eight hours so that I can go do what I really want to do.” I responded, “Really, I understand that we work eight-hours a day just to breakeven.” His response was memorable, “That is the most depressing thing I have ever heard.”

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The Entrepreneurial Mindset

For the past 30 years, I’ve pursued the answer to this question: “What distinguishes the best entrepreneurs and innovators from the rest of us?”

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An Incredible Journey

At just four years old, he witnessed a gang murder in the street while he was playing in the front yard with his mom. The gang knew what he had seen, and for that they sentenced the little boy and his mother to death.

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