What makes a good leader?


What you teach about what makes a good leader is as important to the followership as to the leadership—it sets their expectation of their leaders. To me, it boils down to trust. Trust comes from preparation. Preparation comes from resources the leader provides. 

In other words, trust is in the leaders’ hands. 

Change: Leaders Validating Everyone


Outcome-based change– heck, any change– can bring fear and question marks. When anyone in the chain-of-action is neglected, the organizational leader has failed, even if the change or change leader “succeeds.” How is genuine validation achieved? 


Action: Where they Mentor

On the un-like teaching side, mentoring quite often has open-task goals. That can make actions (just what to do) a bit equally non-specific. By identifying “where” the work is, it allows you to define the factors/situation at hand. Then that automatically drives the needed actions. Understood well, it becomes portable, quick, and executable.


Making vs Responsibility in Decision Making

As you build leaders, teams, and strong professionals, the “sense” of responsibility shifts: from task-oriented my-role/your-role to presence of mind. It’s not about “owning” a decision. It’s about perceiving the need for one, assuming the role, and what they do with the ripples of it.




Concrete Ready for Leadership

It’s been an AMAZING summer. (Plus bonus time!) This is the fatherhood summer I dreamed of in so many ways. Thanks for the grace in taking the time away. I truly hope yours was as fulfilling.

The kids were out doing and adventuring with neighbors and friends in ways they never have. We took some awesome outdoor adventures, new and elevated, created some historical family get-togethers, and explored things I thought maybe would only be ideas. Now they’re all memories and pieces of us all! It was worth everything that was let go. And I’d do it all over again!

So I come back in here with a would-be back-log of prior ideas– instead I choose to make it forward excitement; only a smattering of new jots that I refused to take the time to dive deep into, and now look forward to unpacking those; and great growing relationships, continuing plans to connect and build. Karl is well into the deepest part of medical school, though we vow to still deliver some formality in our conversations.

Today I bring you something “small,” though I think no person’s idea ever needs to be small. However quick, informal, in passing, or whatever it may be. To somebody at some time it’s big. It’s what they need. And that’s why every single one of us, including you, keeps doing it.


You all rock!

I have truly enjoyed taking some time off and working in BuildOthers less than halftime this summer. I miss working in it, and it’s almost impossible to stop the mind and the note taking. Limiting the production, though, has been freeing and giving back that needed mindspace as opposed to mind-demand.

Nearly every year for the last several years at least, I have, however intentionally, opportunistically, or time-delayed, been working on something specific during the summer —in a course, authoring, assisting business development, or building my own— that has not given me or my family the space needed. Doubling up while venturing, experiencing, and exploring. With a family, your give is heavily (majoritively) influenced by the school schedule.

I think 2013 was the last time I had a completely open palette on the summer. And, realistically, that was recovery.

This summer—a little trip for myself and another for just my wife and kids themselves, nice long visits from siblings and parents, some renovation prep, lots of friend time, (and lots of soccer 😊). And a lot of much needed timing for others’ situations.

I don’t worry about losing my place in line in social media. Nor that you’re missing something (there’s plenty out there). I do at times think I might be getting behind on idea-time capacities (you can only pursue a quality idea or two at a time—I’d like to roll out about 7 right now!), consider that partnering growths might lag, or miss following what so many of you great people are doing. (Even though I traditionally stink at following much. 😀 )

BuildOthers is not gone, under a question mark, or even fading. Quite the opposite! It is very alive, very real, and very growing. (Poor grammar and all.) I do hope your own ventures—real life and professional—are ecstatic. I look forward to sharing new content, speeches, and visions together soon!

All Goalies on the Ice

Imagine it…. kinda bizarre, huh? The same goes for our organizational teams, and how we build it and the individuals. The more you have a system to develop people, the more personal we need to become. With each individual, with how the system is implemented and how it feeds the individual.

PC #13 Why We Give Advice: Ego

There is a positive in ego, and a positive to the acts driven by ego. Yes we cover the traditional perception, but the biggest goal is to explore the non-traditional. Audacity, drive, gaps, concern, chivalry, and one’s own humanity. If I could sum this up with my two favorite lines:

  • Mentees: Getting yourself in the right place so you can best affect others
  • Mentors: Help them inject their personality, their soul, their healthy ego into what they do

Because the ego is the true expression of the individual.


Unexpected Let-Downs: A Mentor’s Response

Let-downs are a very difficult thing. Add to it the unexpected– not let-down, but unexpected moment, and unexpected call to others. Wow. This monocast offers responses and values to stand by as a leader and mentor in action and over-arching principle. You know what you’re doing– don’t rush to rescue them. Or they won’t!

Tacit Expectation: One Rule

Karl shares how Tacit Expectation isn’t about implied or unspoken outcomes (quite the opposite). The tacit part is in allowing mentees to participate in their problems themselves. And specifically without instructions and but one rule.