“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” [Steve Jobs, to The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993].
Who am I and why am I here? Those are two of life's BIG questions. Try finding bigger ones. For individuals who undertake the journey to answer them, priceless rewards await. Among them are clarity and strength of a compelling personal cause, or mission at the CORE. That sense of purpose brings focus, energy, and … Continue reading Just BeCAUSE…
Almost every top leader I've ever talked with wants to attract and hire the best, most knowledgeable workers they can find, and then complains about the mediocre levels of employee accountability and engagement in the firm. Hmmm...groceries in, garbage out. You probably know what BUILT TO LEAD would say about this. "If you want more … Continue reading Wrong Questions
For people of my age, The Beatles were our generation's living proof of the maxim that sometimes, "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." In that respect, The Beatles also confirm BUILT TO LEAD's tagline of "together we improve." The Beatles as a "system" had built-in synergy: all four were totally committed … Continue reading Get Back
The hero's journey is deliberate movement along a path towards mastery. It is literally "the road less taken," since so few people summon the courage to slow down long enough to find the answers to life's fundamental questions. Among those questions are: Who am I, really? Why am I here? Where am I going? How … Continue reading Clear Purpose. Full Power. Realized Potential.
Another very interesting week with clients building themselves and their organizations. Boiling down a lot of reading, research, experience, and current conversation with some gifted Builders and leaders, here are five crucial roles that can only be played by the top leader of an organization. Leaders come from every level, but no one has the … Continue reading The CEO Carries Five Keys
Opus. Living a life so attuned to who you are and what you want that you could give a flip for what others expect of you. That kind of life dedicated to a vision and a cause that the people you meet couldn't help but be attracted to it if they had anything like the … Continue reading There’s Nothing You Have That I Need
I just returned from a week with the family out West, and I got to do something I'd been dreaming about since I was a kid: I took a tour of... (drum roll, please)... the Hoover Dam! Woo-hoo! Yes, I gave myself over to my inner nerd and dragged my son Dan to the deluxe … Continue reading Dam Big Dream