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The Radical Question

The powerful Net Promoter Score system started out by asking a very simple question: What is the likelihood that you would recommend Company X to a friend or colleague? And if you think about what that question really asks, we end up with the … Read the full article→

The Signers of The Declaration of Extreme Leadership

I had the great honor of hosting The Extreme Leadership Intensive on July 18 and 19 in Des Moines, IA.  It was a phenomenal opportunity for an intimate group of Extreme Leaders from several companies and entrepreneurial ventures to focus on the … Read the full article→

The Intensive Video

This quick video is both a primer/reminder of The Extreme Leadership LEAP Framework, and an overview of The Extreme Leadership Intensive. Have a look:   Click here for more details on the upcoming Extreme Leadership Intensive … Read the full article→

Never Do It Alone

My dear friend and colleague, Ron Schultz, has recently edited and released a profound book called Creating Good Work, which is a compilation of essays by some of today's greatest social entrepreneurs. One of the themes that emerges from reading … Read the full article→

The Right Way to Converse With a Virtual Team

[Tweet ""Our success will ultimately be tied to the quality of our leadership.""] In this series of posts about leading virtual and unconventional teams, I've suggested some important conversations you should facilitate across the distance.  … Read the full article→

Conversation 3: What Does Success Look Like For Us?

It’s become conventional wisdom that in order to get people excited about the present, you should talk about the future. You should have a vision of where you’re aspiring to go and communicate it clearly to all the stakeholders. Well, the … Read the full article→

Conversation 2: What Is This Project or Team Really About?

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, once said in an interview that a business should be able to identify and articulate its “higher meaning and purpose.” Yes, money is important. So are the deliverables, client outcomes, job descriptions and … Read the full article→

Conversation 1: Personal Discovery

As promised, here is the first of my 3 Conversations You Need to Have With Your Team--virtual or otherwise. To prepare for Conversation 1, write down the names of the people on your team.  Now, list everything you know about each person—beyond the … Read the full article→

Join Me in Des Moines?

If you're in the Midwest of the US--or just have a hankering to travel there--please join me at The Extreme Leadership Intensive in Des Moines, IA on July 18 & 19, 2013. This day-and-a-half program will help you apply the principles of Extreme … Read the full article→

3 Ingredients Shared by Great Teams

No matter the structure of your team, no matter the challenge your team is working on, and no matter the proximity (or lack thereof) of its members, there are three ingredients all successful teams have in common: They are all made up of human … Read the full article→