10 Percent

10 Percent

I’ve been a leadership coach for over twenty-five years, and by far the most common question I get is: “What’s the most important quality in a successful leader?” People usually expect answers like, “confidence,” “innovative,” “fearlessness,” “vision,” and so forth....
Love & Respect

Love & Respect

About ten years ago, I was brought in to run a team-building program with twelve senior leaders at a large East Coast bank. The first thing I did was go around the room and ask each executive what philanthropic activities they were involved with in their community....
Vinyl Relationships

Vinyl Relationships

Last month, my family all gathered in our home in Denver to celebrate Christmas. My stepson, Anthony, flew in from West Point Military Academy. My sister prepared a beautiful seven fishes Christmas Eve dinner, and the following morning we all opened our presents. The...

I Believe in You

Saturday, October 18, 1986, was the day my life was changed forever. Besides getting married and witnessing my kids being born, that cool autumn day thirty-six years ago was the greatest day of my life. All because of one man’s belief in me. Suffern High School...
The Five Friends by Your Side

The Five Friends by Your Side

For years, my family and I have had the most wonderful tradition.  During our dinner conversations every night we don’t just have small talk or NSW conversations (news, sports, weather).  We try to have meaningful conversations.  Conversations that make us...
Double Dipping on Leadership Development

Double Dipping on Leadership Development

I called a good friend last week and asked her for a favor. My friend, Andrea, sits on the Board of Trustees at an East Coast private high school that has sent some of their students to participate in our annual National Leadership Academy. “We’d love to have ten more...