Excellence in Action

*Part Two of a Six Part Series on The Excellent Employee   “Can you hear me when I sing? You’re the reason why I sing … You’re the reason the opera is inside of me!” —Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own, U2 Consider the summer blockbusters at the movie theater or Nike’s latest…

The Excellent Employee

*Part One of a Six Part Series on The Excellent Employee Excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. —Aristotle Nobody willingly pays a person to be average or mediocre. Or at least, they shouldn’t! And individuals shouldn’t…

Don't Lead With a Lead Foot

Stop for a second and picture yourself cruising down the highway behind the wheel of your dream car. The window, or perhaps the top, is down and the wind is blowing through your hair. The engine is purring like a kitten. At the moment, everything is running smoothly, as it should. You then decide you…

Lead UP!

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same… —If by Rudyard Kipling Work is hard! If it’s not, you’re probably not working hard enough. Every good employee who pushes…

JoePa’s Leadership Faux Pas

***Special Why Lead Now Blog Article As a Central Pennsylvania native, raised among the peaceful valleys that are nestled within the beautiful rolling Appalachian Mountains, there was always the notion of a glorious kingdom that lay just beyond the northern range of the Cumberland Valley. A place where all the boys in my neighborhood recognized…

Leadership Lessons from the 2011 World Series

The drama unfolding in the 2011 World Series of Major League Baseball is nothing short of epic. The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals have been engaged in a week long back and forth battle that I’m sure even the Greek gods would envy. Now last nights, dramatic, Game 6, instantly known as one of…

Profile in Future Leadership—The Rise of Marco Rubio

Like it or not, the 2012 race for President of the United States is on! No matter your political point of view, there is an air of excitement (if not at least some curiosity) to see who will rise through the ranks of their party as the nominee for President. Of course, the 2012 election…

Think Different—An Ode to Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is the Thomas Edison of our era! There, I said it. Now all of you Apple haters can stop reading the rest of this post and go back to texting or your version of surfing the Web in bitter disgust. Regardless, Steve Jobs is one of the most prolific visionaries of our era.…

A Brave New World of Knowledge

O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in it! —Shakespeare‘s The Tempest, Act V, Scene I While driving down a Southern California freeway recently, my son and I observed a billboard promotion of a major league baseball team. After some debate…

The Conditions of Unconditional

“Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice, but limited.” –Duke Ellington I recently took on a media project at work that would be both challenging for me as an individual, as well as an exciting opporunity for my team. The scope of the work was well within the range of my experience and area…