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A WUP Upside The Head: Part 1.1

Chapter 1 I live in the Mission Beach area of San Diego, California. It’s a bit different from Michigan, especially in the wintertime, and I was desperately trying to get back there after my conference with the Jims. There are no direct flights … Read the full article→

5 Words You’ll (Still) Never Hear on the Campaign Trail

    [Note to my readers: I first wrote and published this post four years ago in our last US presidential election cycle. Just out of curiosity, I flipped back into my blog archives to see if what I'd written then would still … Read the full article→

The Radical Edge Serialized on

[Note: I'm excited to share my second book, The Radical Edge, in serial fashion here on! We'll post one installment a week until the very end of the book. If you ever get impatient and want to scarf the whole thing down at once, you … Read the full article→

The Power of Vulnerability

In a previous post, I listed “Vulnerability” as one of 5 Great Leadership Risks. In movies, leaders tend to be shown as super strong and svelte, dressed in an impenetrable and dashing suit with a walk that means business and talk that means taking … Read the full article→

The Case for Love as a Hard-Core Business Principle

Psychologists tell us that all emotions, decisions, and actions are rooted in one of the two basic human motives: love or fear. Love gives rise to things like generosity, respect, joy, patience, honor, understanding, honesty, growth, and abundance; … Read the full article→

Your Energy Is Contagious (So Make Sure It’s Positive)

Like it or not, as a leader you have a significant impact on the energy around you at work. You’re either generating passion, enthusiasm and drive in people, or you’re sucking it out of them. Your ideal, therefore, is to display positive energy in … Read the full article→

10 Public Speaking Tips For Company Leaders [Infographic]

After my two and a half decades of experience as a leadership keynote speaker (or what many generically call a motivational speaker), I've learned a few things about the craft that will help you in your public speaking endeavors, too. Whether … Read the full article→

5 Great Leadership Risks

I wish I could tell you that there’s a clear-cut, linear path to becoming a leader, but there isn’t; instead, you'll need to get comfortable with the uncomfortable-ness of learning from your personal successes and failures as you go. And by … Read the full article→

Poolside From Sunny San Diego

Dive Deep Into LEAP! Hanging out in my back yard this weekend, it suddenly occurred to me that Extreme Leadership Certification is less than 2 months away! And there are only a few spots left...   … Read the full article→

An Appropriate Event to Generate Energy

Next week I'll be speaking in New Orleans at the American Wind Energy Association's annual meeting. And since "Generate Energy" is an Extreme Leadership practice, I think I'll be in good company. The Wind Energy world is fascinating and … Read the full article→