[MMM] Leadership Lessons from Kawhi Leonard on why he’s not the best player on the Raptors …

Happy Monday,   I confess, I have joined the bandwagon. In a unusual set of events I was able to snag a ticket for the Raptors’ 5th game in the second round of the playoffs in Toronto. It was my very first NBA game. I even have a picture to prove it.     You

[FLR] Get your team to respect deadlines

Happy Friday,   I’ve never thought of the word in it’s two components.   Deadline.   Dead line.   The word originated in 19th century Civil War prisons as a physical line beyond which prisoners would be shot. Today, the word doesn’t carry the same consequences and we tend to view them a lot more flippantly.That explains

[FLR] Will artificial intelligence make you a better leader?

Happy Friday!   I remember the moment artificial intelligence (AI) first truly came to my attention. Two years ago, I was flying home from Kuwait via London and picked up a European magazine on business and strategy. The issue’s theme as all about AI and for me, this issue truly opened my eyes to the

[FLR] The Micromanager Makeover

Happy Friday!   To micromanage or not to micromanage, that is the question. There are different perspectives on this topic. Someone with an alternate perspective might ask the question, “when does a leader need to be more actively involved in the details of a project”? I think there are times to be more actively involved and times

[FLR] Here’s Why You Are So Lonely (and Frustrated) at Work

Happy Friday!   It is true that it is lonely at the top for leaders. It is especially true if you are a first time leader. According to a leadership poll by Harris Interactive, more than 70% of first time CEO’s feel lonely and 61% of them report that it hinders their performance.   The most

[MMM] Making Work More Human

Good Monday morning,   Back in the 90s was my first experience with seeing a colleague get a hair transplant. It was early days in that booming industry and let’s just say I don’t think the doctor did that great job on his scalp. Maybe I was paying too close attention knowing my future follicular challenges.  

[FLR] If you’re a bored manager, avoid the urge to meddle

Happy Friday,   Remember how good it felt to get that promotion? You know that promotion I’m talking about: the one you focused your career efforts towards for such a long time. Like many things in life, there is the “honeymoon” period during which you wake up with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Over time,

[FLR] Are You A “Likable” Leader?

Happy Friday,   As a leader there is an interesting balance to being “liked”. Research shows that there are three personality traits that stand out and make for collaborative and cooperative team members:   Selflessness Tolerance Flexibility   It makes sense. The more we like our leaders, the more we tend to respect them. I recognize it is

[MMM] Hold That Tiger – Leadership Lessons We Can All Learn From Tiger Woods

Happy Monday,   Where were you when Tiger Woods won his first Masters?   I read a fascinating tweet from a person who shared that she remembers just graduating from college when Tiger Woods won his first Masters. Her son is now just entering into college with Tiger’s win this past weekend.   You can

[FLR] The 5 Essential Qualities of a Great Leader

Happy Friday,   Today is truly a Good Friday. You may have a deep faith that celebrates the wonder of a deeper hope, or you may be enjoying an extra day with the people whom you love. Either way, you are embracing what is good and lovely on this day.   The word “good” by definition means “having the