How to Give a Great Speech

How to Give a Great Speech

The conference was large with 10,000 attendees in a major city at a great venue. The conference keynote speakers in the ‘big room’ were heavy hitters. They set the bar for the sessions throughout the conference. Plainly put, if you were a speaker chosen for the conference and you were not a heavy-hitting keynote speaker, […]

The Image of Leadership

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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 FastCompany.com 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.