The Image of Leadership


How Leaders Can Package Themselves Authentically While skimming through my Twitter feed one day, I saw a request for tweet submissions on the image of leadership. The request came at the right moment. I needed a break from what I was working on and spent 15 minutes pounding out some tweets. After I sent the […]

The FIVE Dysfunctions of a Team – Storyteller Patrick Lencioni


The Model - The FIVE Dysfunctions of a Team

The Model – The FIVE Dysfunctions of a Team


Patrick Lencioni is a storyteller who is also a best-selling business book author.

Each week, when I read the Wall Street Journal’s list of best-selling business books, I marvel that this book subtitled “A Leadership Fable” that was released in 2002 still makes the top ten selling books in the category. Think about that for a moment. There are dozens of new business titles released each month in the business category, yet Lencioni’s book remains one that leaders buy in the hopes they can fix their teams.

Patrick Lencioni is an appealing guy. His is a tall guy, looks every bit the part of a smart business person, but is one of the most humble and self-effacing people you will encounter. I have seen him speak on several occasions and he has an infamous style of going from point A, to a story about his kids, to point B. He tells the audience he is easily distracted and then looks into the distance and says, “Look, a butterfly!” He is a hard guy not to like.

It is through his stories in his books and on stage that Lencioni helps teams more forward. I have used several of his models in my work including the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. His book Death by Meeting and the model it includes is one of have used every day, week, month and year for almost a decade.

Set some time aside to watch this video of Lencioni in action. Buy the book and begin uncovering the dysfunctions of your team.

Who Are Your Celebrity Personality Types?

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Which personality answered the phone at your desk today? Perhaps it was Natalie Portman being dependable and loyal (ISTJ). Or was it Steven Spielberg trying to get a sense of  how the person on the other end felt (ISFP).  Or maybe it was the dreamy, no wait, dreamer Secretary of State John Kerry looking through […]

Here are 16 Cities where Women Earn More Than Men

As the father of three daughters and the husband of an entrepreneur, I expect that these women can and will receive equal earning opportunities.

Are there places where women earn more than men?

In an article in on it states, “The financial literacy website Nerd Wallet recently analyzed data from the U.S. Census, comparing the median salaries, cost of living, income equality between the sexes, and population growth of 522 cities: 61 large cities with populations over 300,000, 241 medium-sized cities with population from 100,000 to 300,000 and 220 small cities with populations under 100,000. The result is a comprehensive list of the top cities for women to work in America.”

This interactive chart is encouraging.

Ever wish you could take a car ride with some of the funniest people on earth just to hear the banter?

Remember the guy that tells Jerry Seinfeld to “Take the pen!” at his parent’s retirement community only to double cross Jerry. The double-crossing pen character’s name was Jack and he was played by New York comedian Sandy Baron. I took a ride with Sandy and our agent once to get coffee. I laughed and learned as I listened to this classic comic tell stories. Now one of America’s premiere comic minds lets you take a similar ride.

Starting June 19, 2104, Jerry Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” begins its fourth season. Jerry Seinfeld picks up where Sandy and I left off as a choice number of today’s best comics minds go for rides in cars that are absolute classics to get a cup off coffee.

Each episode is a chance to see what makes the comic mind function and to also see what comics find funny. I learn something from every episode as Seinfeld asks everything from the most mundane to some penetrating questions. Some of past favorite guest have been Howard Stern, Larry David, Louis C.K., Tina Fey and David Letterman. Each guest hops in a classic car with comic superstar Seinfeld and takes a ride to everything from New Jersey diners to hipsters hangouts.

Put a date in your calendar for Noon each Thursday beginning on June 19, 2014. Episodes launch Thursdays but can be viewed at any time.

Enjoy the ride as you expand your mind. After all, cruising with creative minds isn’t a bad way to take a midday break.