Force Fields

Lasers pound their target with high velocity, but the starship remains unfazed.  A force field protects our heroes from the vicious attacks of evil intruders, allowing them the opportunity to save the universe from impending doom. Force fields sure work great in Sci-Fi movies, but what about in reality?  The aircraft manufacturer Boeing was recently…

Doing Well by Doing Good

We’re taught as children to extend a helping hand to those in need, but few of us follow this sage advice as the pressures of life kick into high gear.  What sounds good in theory is rarely practiced, especially when self-interest is the driving force. By nature, The Olympic Games are about achieving personal bests. …

The Mañana Trap

I was recently enjoying lunch with a group of executives at a multinational corporation, discussing the workplace differences of various cultures around the world. One leader jokingly told me that in South America, where he oversees several offices and factories, there’s a running joke around the term “mañana” (“tomorrow” in Spanish). He teased that when…

The Mindset of High Achievement

In an effort to get ahead in our careers, we test out new leadership tactics like we change our clothes. Whatever the current fad – from Lean Processes, to Management by Objective, to Agile Leadership – it’s easy to get sucked into the next promise of get-successful-quick. The truth is, one simple mindset has stood the…