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We Should All Live By Boy Scout Values—All of Them

On Monday night, President Trump gave a political speech and also told some stories about New York cocktail parties he’s attended to around 40,000 11 to 18-year-old Boy Scouts at their National Jamboree in West Virginia. You can read the details in this article from the Washington Post.

I made a promise to myself a few years ago that I was going to stay away from political commentary on my blog. However, as an Eagle Scout, I can’t let this one go.

Scouting played a big role in who I am as an adult. Nine years ago, I shared the story of my grandfather, who was a Scoutmaster and is still one of my heroes. I was active in Scouting for 12 years as a boy. I went to a World Jamboree in Norway, a National Jamboree in Pennsylvania, served on the staff of my local Scout camp, piloted leadership development programs for the Scouts and was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

When my two sons were of age, I served as a Cubmaster for a few years and filled other volunteer roles later. Long story short, while I recognize that, like...

Three Tips From Executives Around the World

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak over the course of several programs in the U.K. with a couple of hundred executives from around the world. During those sessions I was struck by the commonalities of what helps high capacity people lead and live at their best. In fact, when I have the opportunity to talk with executives who have participated in my programs six months or a year later, there are three tactics that are always on the short list of things they’re still doing:

Revisit Your To-Do List: Take time at the end of each day to review your to-do list. There are three things to do during the review. First, check off what you’ve accomplished during the day. Then, add anything that came up during the day that you need to follow up on. Finally, identify the two or three things you’re going to do first tomorrow. That three step to-do review gives you a little buzz of accomplishment each day, gives you the calm of knowing you’re not missing or forgetting anything and sets you up to be focused and productive the next day. That’s a lot of...

How to Create Time in a Packed Schedule

When we were kids, summer was something that stretched out ahead of us with the promise of fun and play. When we join the working world, we still greet the longer days and warmer weather of the season with gusto, but, paradoxically, it can be the busiest and most hectic time of the year for many of us. With co-workers on vacation, we’re often on backup duty while also managing our own daily work. And we’ve all experienced the pre-vacation sprint, which might leave you wondering: “Is this vacation worth it?”

There may not be a lot you can do to create some white space in your schedule in the weeks before you go on vacation, but there are some steps you can take now so you’re in better position when you get back:

No objectives, no attendance. How many meetings do you attend in a week that don’t have any stated objectives? As they say, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. Meetings with no stated objectives end up wasting time. Start insisting on stated objectives for any meeting that you’re asked to attend. The deal...

Why You Should Pay Attention to Trump’s Leadership Style

Last week I delivered an interactive keynote presentation on “Preparing Yourself to Negotiate” to about 200 global managers and executives. One of the fun things about the session was the cool software we had that allowed the audience to use their phones to contribute to word clouds on my slide deck. The word cloud technology set up a very interesting moment that provides some insight into why, if you’re a leader, you should pay attention to President Trump’s leadership style.

Whether you are Trump, who takes great pride in promoting The Art of the Deal, or a newly promoted executive taking on a game changing negotiation, it’s important to be aware of and intentional about the energetic state you bring to the table. To make that point with my audience, I projected a 2×2 matrix on the screen that measured energy on two different scales: low to high and negative to positive, resulting in four categories of energy: High Positive, Low Positive, High Negative and Low Negative.

I asked the audience to use the word cloud tool to write down words that illustrated each category. For instance, our cloud for High Positive Energy had words like...

A World Class Example of Dopamine Derailment

In the latest installment of the story that wouldn’t die, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that the two Price Waterhouse partners responsible for the Best Picture award snafu will never work the Oscars again.

There’s all kind of evidence that the lead partner, Brian Cullinan, was distracted by Tweeting and snapping photos of Best Actress winner Emma Stone in the very moments that he should have been focused on making sure that Warren Beatty got the right envelope before he went on stage to award Best Picture. Even after Beatty was on stage, if Cullinan had been paying attention to his job instead of to his phone he could have subtly given Beatty the right envelope while the film montage of Best Picture nominees was rolling.

Sadly, for Cullinan and his partners at PwC (and for the La La Land and Moonlight teams), he was focused on his smartphone. I feel bad for Cullinan in a way because what happened to him while he was on the job could happen to any of us while we are on the job. I call it a dopamine derailment.

Here’s how a dopamine derailment works...