Our Trip to the Pediatric ER

cast Last September we had a pretty significant accident in our home. Our two year old son had his right pinky finger in the hinge of a door when our four year old daughter decided the door needed to be closed. The result was the tip of my son’s finger being cut off and a frantic drive to the hospital for him, my wife, and myself.

In order to aid the healing process, my son had to wear a cast which extended not only over top of the injured finger, but all the way down his arm and past his elbow which was at a 90 degree angle. It seems that young children are fond of pulling off protective casts, so extending it that far was necessary.

At one point during his weeks of wearing the cast, my son noticed the he had a small scrape on his leg. It was tiny indeed. I attempted to point out that the “owie” on his leg was nothing compared to his cast. No matter what I said, he was fixated on the tiny bump on his leg. To him the cast was no longer noticeable. It had become the norm.

Seeing as this is a blog about leadership, you might be wondering “What does any of this have to do with leadership?” I’m glad you asked.

Maximizing Potential and the Psychology of Followers (re-post)

Once a quarter we share blog posts from the past so that our new followers receive some of our past content. In this week’s posting we look back on a video blog that explores the psychology of our followers when it comes to them reaching their potential.

In the first video in this series, we discussed the one question we need to be asking ourselves in order to maximize the potential within our followers. In this week’s posting, we head back to “This Old Lot” to explore the psychology of potential from our followers’ perspectives.

Helping Leaders Sleep at Night

Recap emailTwo weeks ago we took a look at what ignites followers to the highest levels of engagement. Last week we analyzed the barriers that keep leaders from creating that engagement. This week’s blog continues that story line by focusing on a practical tool that helps leaders communicate more effectively and overcome their fear of delegation.

Communication is a regularly discussed topic when it comes to leadership. The what, how, when, and who of communication is often the painful punch line of plans gone awry. I had such an experience just this week.

What To Do If You’re Following a Crappy Leader

Man in the Mirror 2Many years ago I had a good friend, Jordie, call me up. He shared with me that he wanted to grow and develop as a leader but felt stuck in being able to do so. His current boss wasn’t an effective leader and wasn’t someone Jordie wanted to emulate. To make matters worse, his leader didn’t invest well in Jordie’s development.

Jordie had a choice to make. Would he let his life, career, and leadership be dictated by the subpar leader for whom he was working?

Leadership Development
Courtesy the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney Harbor Bridge wholeA few months ago I was in Sydney, Australia to meet with a client. I was describing my client’s leadership development process to an Australian consultant. He responded to my description by saying, “We call that ‘painting the Harbor Bridge.’ ”

The Sydney Harbor Bridge is an imposing structure. It weighs more than 52,000 tons and is held together by more than 6,000,000 rivets. Standing near it you can feel its scope and strength.

16 Years Later, I Still Remember

Interview BarryIn the Spring of 1999 I began a concerted effort to understand leadership. My investigation began with a commitment to interview as many successful leaders as a I could. This past weekend, while attending the wedding of a dear friend, I ran into an old acquaintance named Barry. Barry was the very first person I ever interviewed in my effort to understand leadership.

Barry has positively influenced literally thousands of people with his work. He has spent his life not only building a successful business but also using that business to make the lives of others more fulfilling.

Barry is a wise and powerful leader, so much so that I easily remember the details of the day—and its leadership lessons—I spent with him 16 years ago.

Recording in Progress
(popular re-post)

The Aperio occasionally re-posts blogs so new members don’t miss popular content. (And if the content is that popular, older members might benefit from the reminder as well.) This is one of those weeks. See below for one of our most popular posts originally shared in September 2014.

This week’s leadership topic accosted me as I found myself in one of America’s most well-known stores. So, I broke out the video camera and made an on-the-spot vlog. Apologies for the shaky camera but it’s worth the reminder.

Something Rather Amazing:
A Leadership Lesson from College Football

Cardale Jones getting reps in practice

Cardale Jones getting reps in practice

Something rather amazing happened a couple of nights ago. Though it happened in the sports world, you need not be a sports fan for it to be valuable. If you’re interested in leadership, it’s worth your time and attention.

The world of college football had its eyes focused on Arlington, Texas this past Monday night. It was the championship game of the first ever College Football Playoff. It pitted the much celebrated Oregon Ducks against the much questioned Ohio State Buckeyes. What turned out to be a memorable moment for Ohio State and its fans was, in fact, a great leadership lesson many years in the making.

What’s Joy Got To Do With It? —
Maximizing Potential, Part 4

In last week’s video, we discussed how leaders unconsciously influence the development of their followers both positively and negatively. In this week’s posting, we head back to “This Old Lot” one final time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves a courageous question.

What does joy have to do with maximizing the potential of those we lead? Play the video to find out.

The Psychology of Leaders —
Maximizing Potential, Part 3

In last week’s video, we discussed how leaders can influence the psychology of their followers to help their followers reach their potential. In this week’s posting, we head back to “This Old Lot” to explore the psychology of potential within the leader’s mind.

What does the dated photo below have to do with it? Play the video to find out in this, our third in a four-part series.

The Psychology of Followers —
Maximizing Potential, Part 2

In last week’s video, we discussed the one question we need to be asking ourselves in order to maximize the potential with our followers. In this week’s posting, we head back to “This Old Lot” to explore the psychology of potential from our followers’ perspectives.

Though this blog series originally started out as a two-part series, we need to adjust to be able to touch on everything that needs to be covered. That now makes this the second in a four-part series.

How Sports Commentators Are Screwing Up
Our ‘Leadership’

iStock_000024373002_SmallI grew up in a family that was and continues to be a college sports family. Both my father and my brother have worked extensively for college sports teams, football and men’s basketball respectively. My mom and sister believe that ESPN Game Day on Saturdays in the Fall is the perfect soundtrack to their morning activities. I played basketball in college and have traveled more miles than I care to admit to watch college football games. So, yeah, we’re kind of into it. Given that, and the work I do in leadership development, I am allowing myself the freedom to call out sports commentators directly. Why? Because they are screwing up our ‘leadership.’