A picture of Lyndon B. Johnson swearing the oath of office for the US presidency. The picture was taken on Air Force One, shortly after JFK's death was confirmed. He is flanked on one side by his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, and on the other by Jackie Onassis, still wearing her blood-stained jacket from the day's events.

The Leadership Oath: A Hippocratic Approach

Dave Leadership

My client’s employee had worked through lunch and it was already 3 pm. As a doctor prior to starting his business, he knew all the reasons this was a poor idea. “The first commitment I made was to do no harm! Go to lunch!” my client told her. When he told me the story, I was impressed. He had connected …

Leadership vs Management: A picture of sculpture of two metal faces, facing each other, two feet apart. From Medford, England. In this case, the faces are to represent Leadership and Management.

Leadership vs Management: Jekyll and Hyde? Or Yin and Yang?

Dave Leadership

Leadership vs management… what’s the difference? If you Google it you’ll find a host of articles painting “management” as the shadowy underbelly of leadership done poorly and putting “leadership” on a worship-worthy pedestal. Is “leadership” the Dr. Jekyll to “management’s” Mr. Hyde? Or are these comparisons unfair? If you buy into leadership vs management as a light vs dark paradigm, …

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Breaking the F Barrier: How Cursing at Work can Build Connection with Your Team

Dave Career, Leadership, Random

One of our junior technicians was looking at me nervously. He had probably been expecting one of the managers to review his proposal to tweak our workflow. Instead, somehow I, the VP, Operations, had gotten a hold of it. I finished my read through and looked up at him, grinning. “This is some fucking great work,” I announced. His face …

A cartoon of two figures shouting at each other and waving their arms, clearly very angry. The thought bubble over both of their heads reads, "MY WORDS CAME OUT FINE! THEY WERE PROCESSED INCORRECTLY BY YOUR BRAIN!!!"

Would You Like to Eliminate Miscommunication in Your Business?

Dave Leadership

Have you ever wished you could eliminate miscommunication in your business? I have. When miscommunication rears its head, failure tends to follow. This can include screw-ups like building the wrong thing for a client, setting incorrect expectations which lead to a missed deadline, or one of your team members wasting time doing work that isn’t want you were asking for …

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A Year-End Exercise in Gratitude

Dave Leadership, Personal Growth

It’s the end of the year! You’re probably cranking on closing contracts and projects before the holidays hit and everything goes dead. Some of you are also doing your year-end review and strategic planning for next year. I know you’re busy. Nevertheless, I’d like to add a year-end exercise in gratitude to your plate. It’ll take an hour or less …