Next Level Leadership Blog


Nugget #49 – Strategic Planning Is Leading – Part I


“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Rejecting the Beatles, Decca Recording Co. 1962  Over 16 years, some of the common reasons we’ve heard that explain why an organization created a strategic plan but didn’t implement it are, “the environment changed in ways we didn’t anticipate”, “the plan ultimately […]

Nugget #48 – Walk In Their Shoes For A Dignity & Respect Connection


“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me…All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”  –Jackie Robinson I’ve long held the belief that a leader’s beliefs – what we hold in our hearts and minds as truths that guide our behavior – speak volumes about the kind of leaders we are.  […]

Nugget #47 – Anchors Keep You Stable When the Weather Gets Rough- Guest Leader: Marcy Hyatt, Managance Senior Associate


“Usually, when I walk on a wire, I inspect the anchor point on both sides before crossing.”  –Philippe Petit Phillipe Petit is best known for his unauthorized 45 minute high wire feat between the Twin Towers of the former World Trade Center in New York during their construction in 1974.  Among other things, he had […]

Nugget #46 – Take Off With Goals, Objectives & Success Measures


“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”  —Tony Robbins One way I continuously challenge my thinking is regularly having conversations with groups of peers with like interests who share ideas, coach and mentor each other and sometimes pursue opportunities.  These groups are commonly referred to as “masterminds”.  Napoleon Hill wrote […]

Nugget #45 – The Best Leaders Cultivate Esprit de Corps Guest Leader: Marcy Hyatt, Managance Senior Associate


Lee and I are good friends. We have known each other for over 35 years and worked together for more than two-thirds of that time. She, also, was my leader and mentor for the majority of 20 plus years. We were passionate about the organization and its mission and deeply cared about each other during those 2 decades and beyond….