31 Aug 2021

The Virtues of Virtual
I got dragged into the virtual world kicking and screaming. Well, maybe not literally ... OK, fine, literally. Sitting through webinars and Zoom meetings left me cold. It was like I was settling for the junior varsity version of team. I sat checking my email as faces on the screen fiddled with their camera tilt and, mostly ineffectively, with their speaker settings. I yearned for the ...

23 Aug 2021

Since Barbara and I returned to shore after our two-year sailing adventure aboard La Vie Dansante, I’ve been looking for opportunities to continue in servant leadership. It’s a noble calling, and one I’ve loved answering for over four decades. While considering senior executive opportunities with organizations across the country, I had an epiphany – the most value I could bring to servin...

03 Apr 2018

  Posted by John Wright on Fri, Oct 04, 2013 @ 01:07 PM Is achieving personal and professional success really “so simple?” YES! As long as you realize that simple does not mean easy. We’re currently living in the information age, and wer're fortunate for that. What are the “simple” steps that SLS recommends that blend the strategies from some of the best thinkers over the...

03 Apr 2018

Posted by John Wright on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 01:35 PM I was delivering a seminar in Houston in 2010 called Inspirational Coaching. The attendees were full-time professional business coaches. One of them became uncomfortable and took exception to the term “love” when I suggested that great coaches “loved” their players. He was fine with “caring” about those he coached, but was really, ...

03 Apr 2018

  Posted by John Wright on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 09:02 AM "Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships." - Stephen Covey Transformational Leader-Managers are the kind of person people willingly follow. No one willingly follows someone they can’t trust. The foundation of...

03 Apr 2018

  Posted by John Wright on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:11 AM "Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." - Samuel Johnson Transformational Leader-Managers earn trust by demonstrating integrity and commitment. Is it also a requirement for a leader to have an unshakable self-confidence? Is a lack of that kind of confidence a trust-buster? Belief is a form o...

02 Mar 2018

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek." - Mario Andretti Last week in my post I mentioned that no one will willingly follow someone they can't trust. Do you think demonstrating commitment is a "non-negotiable" component in "earnin...

02 Mar 2018

“Negative interactions (and the bad apples who provoke them) pack such a wallop in close relationships because they are so distracting, emotionally draining, and deflating. When a group does interdependent work, rotten apples drag down and infect everyone else. Unfortunately, grumpiness, nastiness, laziness, and stupidity are remarkably contagious.”  ― Robert I. Sutton, Good Boss, Bad B...

02 Mar 2018

Leadership isn’t some sophisticated technique for getting people to do what you want them to do. Leadership is getting people to want to do what you want them to do because they share your purpose, vision and values. -Kevin Freiberg & Jackie Freiberg, NUTS! -Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success What would you say is the difference between motivation ...