I recently witnessed an act of compassion and friendship so unexpected, it moved me to tears. And it happened in a very unlikely place: Pelican Bay super-maximum security prison. I support a program called Defy Ventures, an organization that works with inmates and those recently released from prison who have the drive to someday become … Continue reading “How far would you go for a friend?”
When you really want to inspire change and growth in others, what kinds of questions do you ask them? Ones that require reflection and thought, or those that are more of the yes/no variety? The management strategy of asking more participatory questions reminds me of a certain Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Calvin has—not surprisingly—got himself … Continue reading “Asking Effective Questions”
The most powerful way to master a skill is the one thing most people seek to avoid: Practice. Practice? Practice?! Yes, Allan Iverson from 2002…we’re talking about practice. Specifically, the character-building process of repetition. Consider the skills you never really think about anymore. Perhaps your fine motor skills. As a baby, you were brand new … Continue reading “How Repetitive Training Creates Mastery and Magic”
Doing “hard time” in your organization? You absolutely must arrange a luxurious stay at the fabulous Pelican Bay State Prison. At the northwestern-most corner of California, Pelican Bay supermax houses a population of over 2,200 inmates. 40% of these inmates are serving life sentences. Not only did I walk into the facility, I chose to … Continue reading “Prison, Kindness, and Corporate Culture”
In November I made you a promise. Did you miss it? I told my social media followers that I would be giving them a new, free book in January. The book would outline the philosophy I’ve used for more than twenty years to coach leaders around the world.