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How to Turn a Reorganization Into a Leadership Disaster

Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book

“Papers please.” A John Ray birthday lesson worth remembering

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho once said, Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end. It’s become one of my favorite inspirational quotes, for a number of reasons. I’m enamored with the


Lead With A Story

Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life

My guest this week is Dr. Mark Goulston, a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist and consultant. He blogs for the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. And he's regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Newsweek, and Time. He's also the author of a number of books, including Just Listen and Get Out of Your Own Way.  He joined me on my podcast last April to talk about a few fascinating hours he spent sequestered in the back room at [read more]

A Sharecropper’s Daughter in the 21st Century

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, this week’s story reminds us that despite the progress we’ve made, we have more work to do. A sharecropper's daughter Beverly Keown was born on a plantation in Seaton, Arkansas, the fourth of eight children. Her father was a sharecropper. Her mother was a domestic servant in the farmer’s home. Along with her siblings, Beverly spent her summers chopping cotton. Growing up in a Southern state, Beverly suffered indignities that would shock any thinking [read more]

Parenting with a Story

What it means to ‘Take pride in your work’

"Take pride in your work” is a worthy and often-quoted piece of advice given to young people. But like many pithy sayings like that, it’s hard to really know what that means until you’ve seen someone in action who truly embodies it. One person who’s seen that firsthand is Vikram Sarma. Vikram grew up in the Detroit suburbs in an area he considered himself privileged to live in. The local auto company executives all had golf club memberships nearby, and that created summer work for kids like [read more]

Best Crash! One cub scout’s life lesson in defining your own success

As many parents find out, we often learn just as much from our kids as they learn from us. This week's life lesson is an example of that, so I've asked my 11-year-old son, Ben, to join me on the podcast. You can listen to that conversation by clicking the play button above, or you can read the (admittedly less entertaining) written version of the story below. The Pinewood Derby Race When my then seven-year-old son, Benjamin was in the Cub Scouts, one of his favorite activities was the [read more]