Value a Strong Foundation

Patrick’s Weekly Leadership Tip If you want people to live out the team’s values, don’t just state them. Give examples of what the value looks like in action. Be specific. Give multiple illustrations. The entire company occupied nine of the ten seats in the room. I entered and took the final chair. In a short…

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Empty Your Mind

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a lot on my mind. If I’m not careful, then pending deadlines, pressing issues, personal commitments, and my grocery list will take up simultaneous residence in my grey matter. When this happens, their good friends, anxiety and distraction, aren’t far behind.   I recently had the…

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Relationships Matter

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with Doug Parker, Chairman of American Airlines. Our conversation occurred only days after he finished a nine-year sting as CEO of the airline. It was a great discussion filled with numerous lessons. I took lots of notes. The next day, I sat down to review what Doug…

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Unleash Your TEAM

About a month ago, my teammates and I were discussing a project to develop a new leadership offering. The project was important, but I felt that we needed to wait until Q3 to start the effort and that we would likely need to hire a contractor to complete the development work. I also assumed that…

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From Breakthrough to Boring

I recently had a conversation with a renewable energy entrepreneur about the challenge of bringing new ideas to market. Experience taught him that when his team innovates a unique solution, the key to successful user adoption is to take the offering from breakthrough to boring as quickly as possible. His point was that if the…

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Right Standards for the Right Reasons

I was out for a walk the other day and I came across a scooter on the sidewalk. It was a rental scooter that a user can access via a smartphone app, ride around town, and then leave behind for someone else to rent. The last renter had finished using the scooter and decided to…

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What Author James Patterson Told Me About Disruption

I had a wonderful experience this week. Author James Patterson joined me, my co-instructor, and 30 students in our Vanderbilt University classroom to talk about his life and career. It was a rare and insightful 75-minute conversation and exchange of ideas. Odds are, you are familiar with the name James Patterson or, at the very…

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Mad Libs

Have you ever played Mad Libs? According to MadLibsLive, “Mad Libs are stories with words removed and replaced by blank spaces. One player acts as the “reader” and asks the other players, who haven’t seen the story, to fill in the blanks with adjectives, nouns, exclamations, colors, adjectives, and more. These words are inserted into the…

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