According to Jack Welch, Leaders Do the following!

  1. Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team, using every encounter as an opportunity to evaluate, coach, and build self-confidence.

  2. Leaders make sure people not only see the vision, they live and breathe it.

  3. Leaders get into everyone’s skin, exuding positive energy and optimism.

  4. Leaders establish trust with candor, transparency, and credit.

  5. Leaders have the courage to make unpopular decisions and gut calls.

  6. Leaders probe and push with a curiosity that borders on skepticism, making sure their questions are answers with action.

  7. Leaders inspire risk taking and learning by setting the example.

  8. Leaders celebrate.

Jack Welch with Suzy Welch

The Leader as Facilitator: An Interview with Marshall Goldsmith and Alan Mulally

To many people, being a leader translates to having all (or at least most) of the answers. But what happens when employees are the experts, and their bosses are not? Effectively influencing these “knowledge workers” presents a series of unique challenges. Leaders need to be able to create an open and transparent environment where knowledge workers feel comfortable assessing and articulating their own level of Performance Readiness®.

Join us for this complimentary webinar sponsored by The Center for Leadership Studies. Your host, Dr. Sam Shriver, senior vice president of commercial operations and product development, will conduct an interview with Marshall Goldsmith (a leading executive coach) and Alan Mulally (former CEO at Ford) to provide practical and replicable advice for effectively leading the knowledge worker.

This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on:

– Effectively leading knowledge workers

– people who know more about what they are doing than their boss does

– Embracing the role of “Leader as Facilitator” versus “Leader as Boss” to ensure a higher probability of success

– Five useful tips for the Leader as Facilitator

– Creating a transparent environment that encourages team members to assess and articulate their own Performance Readiness® without fear or shame

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Definition of DRI?

What is the definition of DRI?




As used at Apple by Steve Jobs.


Question: At business meetings, do you always determine the DRI?

Need More Opportunities?

50 dourado

“Step out of your comfort zone once more each week and create over 50 additional opportunities for excitement, challenge and possibility each year. This is what life’s about.”

— Sam Parker

Understanding Yourself

Who am i text concept

To be able to manage yourself up with those you come into contact with, you have to know yourself well. Try this list of questions to understand yourself and what you have to offer better.


“Take 12” Self-Evaluation

  1. What would you and others say are five of your personality pluses?

  2. What are the ten most interesting things you have done or that have happened to you?

  3. What do you do for a living and how did you end up doing it?

  4. What do you like/love about your current job/career?

  5. How does your job/career use your skills and talents, and what projects are you working on right now that best showcase them?

  6. What career successes are you most proud of having accomplished (from your current and past jobs)?

  7. What new skill have you learned in the last year?

  8. What obstacles have you overcome to get where you are today, both professionally and personally, and what essential lessons have you learned from some of your mistakes?

  9. What training/education have you completed and what did you gain from those experiences?

  10. What professional organizations are you associated with and in what ways – member, board, treasurer, or the like?

  11. How do you spend your time outside of work, including hobbies, interests, sports, family, and volunteer activities?

  12. In what ways are you making a difference in people’s lives?


Brag! The Art Of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It
Peggy Klaus
Business Plus, Hatchette Book Group
p. 24-25

Welcoming New Employees


I found this suggestion for making a new employee feel welcomed to their new position. This company doesn’t just provide some hand me down office equipment.


Question: How good do you think this employee feels on their first day?

The Frog and the Scorpion – Leadership Parable

Learning from a Master - Jim Rohn


live black scorpion


Recently I was reminded of how hard it can be to change someone’s habits or ingrained personality traits. Trying to coach people in this situation can be very frustrating. In some cases the person’s inability to change becomes self-destructive. I was reminded of this in a book of Jim Rohn teachings.

Here is the story of The Frog and the Scorpion from the book “Leading an Inspired Life”.


According to this story, the frog and the scorpion appear on the bank of a river at the same time. The frog is about to jump in the river and swim to the other side. When the scorpion sees what’s about to happen, he engages the frog in conversation. He says to him. “Mr. Frog, I see that you’re about to jump into the river and swim to the other side.” The frog responds, “That is correct.”

So the scorpion asks for a favor. Well, you know, I would also like to get to the other side. Unfortunately, I’m a scorpion, and I can’t swim. Would you be so kind as to let me hop on your back as you swim across the river? If you could deposit me on the other side, I would be grateful.”

The frog looks at the scorpion and says, “No. You’re a scorpion and scorpion sting frogs and kill them. I’d get out there halfway with you on my back, and you’d sting me and I’d die. Do you think I’m crazy? Absolutely not.”

The scorpion says, “Wait a minute, you’re not thinking. If I were to sting you halfway out there, surely you’d die, but so would I. Since I’m a scorpion, I can’t swim. I’d drown. That would be kind of foolish. I’m not about to do that. I just want to get to the other side.”

The frog thinks about that reasoning and says, “That makes sense. Hop on.”

So the scorpion hops on the frog’s back and they start to swim across the river. Sure enough, halfway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog. They are both about to sink down into the water. The frog cannot believe what has happened, and he says to the scorpion, “Why did you do that? I’m about to die, but so are you. Why would you do that?”

And the scorpion replies, “Because I am a scorpion.”


Question: Are there things that you do that are self-destructive and you can’t seem to control, because you are a scorpion?

Leading An Insiring Life
Jim Rohn
Nightinggale-Conant Corperation

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

A Repost of a favorite Ted talk which strikes a cord with some current work I am involved with!


Recently a group from church have been “listening” to the needs of the community. Recently it seems like it is easier to listen to ourselves and what we want than to be patient enough to listen to those we claim to serve.

Question: How can we be better at listening?

Here is a transcript of the first three minutes.