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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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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Interview Your People

This past weekend, the calendar turned from 2021 to 2022. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and consider the opportunities yet to unfold. A collective ritual to learn about a wide range of happenings from the past year, including blockbuster movies and celebrity deaths. As 2021 closed, two such celebrity deaths captured…

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Dam Good Leadership

I once read an article about beavers. Yes, the little furry animals. The article discussed a study in which beavers would build a dam simply when they heard the noise of running water.  The researcher put a beaver in a room with nothing but sticks and a speaker. They played a recording of running water, and…

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The Tragedy of Leadership

I once worked closely with Chris McChesney. Chris is the author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals. Chris and I have remained connected over the years, and I have learned a great deal from him. He’s been a guest on my podcast and endorsed…

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How to Make a Dent in the Universe

I bet I can make a few assumptions about you:  You want your work to matter  You want to make a difference  You want those who work with you to be better because of your presence  You want to get better along the way   Essentially, you want to make a dent in the universe (or…

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Leading Through Trauma

I teach a class at Vanderbilt University called Leading Business Through Times of Crisis. This week we read a 2002 Harvard Business Review (HBR) article titled Leading Through Trauma. In the article, the authors argue that:   “Although the human capacity to show compassion is universal, some organizations suppress it while others create an environment in which compassion is…

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A Double Take at Leadership

Have you ever been to the eye doctor?    If so, you are likely familiar with a machine called a phoropter. While you look through the piece of equipment, the optometrist flips among different lenses in front of your eyes. The procedure is called a retinoscopy and it helps the doctor to determine your optimal lens…

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