Freud, Fromm, and Leadership


Freud and Fromm talk about four different personality types from a leadership perspective: the erotic, obsessive, narcissist, and the marketing personality. The erotic personality is one of high maintenance, always seeking to be needed and loved. They place a priority on being liked above respect. They have a divine interest in others and getting to […]

Leading Change in Healthcare


Healthcare leaders today are tasked with creating robust and complex changing organizations that are well equipped to navigate through newer patient-centered models of care. For our healthcare workforce this means that leaders must learn to apply positive psychology and a relationship-centered model of care. Steps that healthcare leaders can take to increase their effectiveness in […]

When Your Dead


This post was originally published on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at http://www.greatleadersserve.org WHEN YOU’RE DEAD… I went to a funeral today. When’s the last time you went to one? How did it affect you? Do you ever leave a funeral service with questions? I do. One of my recurring questions is… Did the people who […]

Lead Like a Skinny Cow


Recently my organization underwent a grueling boot camp style, dramatic and innovative healthcare system process redesign. It was a rip the band-aid off fast approach, and two weeks of asking people to quickly change many of the ingrained daily processes they had known for many years. Set-up for organizational failure? Nope. I was impressed by […]

Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned at the Gym


This is a blog from more than a year ago but the principles hold true for me today! Everything I know about leadership, I learned at the gym. Okay, maybe not everything, but I’ve learned an awful lot. I’ve learned that there are quite a few fitness habits that if used as a catalyst in […]

Does your company have Culture Ambassadors?


I am a professed culture geek. Culture is everything to me. It is the payoff and the reward for listening to your customers, where everybody is a customer! Being a Culture Ambassador brings great rewards and fulfillment! There are employees that would love to be the ‘Culture Ambassador’ of the week. Culture doesn’t eat strategy, […]

Organizational Change


Change is hard, ask anyone. As Daniel Goleman points out in “Primal Leadership” (Goleman, D. 2002, Pg 116), one only needs to think back on our previous successes as well as our failed attempts at change. Let our annual pilgrimage to aspiring New Year’s resolutions serve as ample evidence of this. Successful change is based […]

Poking the Box


Entrepreneurial spirits have a need to make things happen. I finally finished reading ‘Poke the Box’ by Seth Godin last night and I loved it. Poking the Box is about our ability to see unique opportunities and develop a decision based plan and strategy for action. Most of us have a very hard time thinking […]

8-Steps to Personal Transformation


Change is hard, ask anyone. As Daniel Goleman points out in “Primal Leadership” one only needs to think back on our previous successes, as well as our failed attempts at change to see it. Our annual pilgrimage to aspiring New Year’s resolutions serves as ample evidence of this. Effectively changing our lives requires us to reverse […]

Name the Day!


Maybe today is the day! What will be your intention today? What will you name the day? Will it be Service? Will it be Growth? Maybe you might choose Inspiration and Find Your Voice. Then where will you send the intentions? To your marriage, your work, your children? What ever it be, make it yours, […]