Independence and Leadership

“There are few virtues more important than independence. Independence is a requirement for leading your own life.”  – Scott Young I love the fourth of July!  I loved it more as a kid, because I got to march in the town parade in my baseball uniform – a proud moment. ...

High-Performance Teams…and Their Leaders

High-Performance Teams…and Their Leaders I have worked a long time.  I have had an interest in leadership since high school.  I’ve been part of some very good teams, not all high-performance.  I have been part of some teams that you would have thought would be good...

A Word About Aging

The Coach is In…  A Word About Aging “Refire—an attitude of embracing the years ahead with enthusiasm rather than apathy. “ Morton Shaevitz. I know something about aging.  I am experiencing it first hand, and I have experienced it up close with two family members, one...

Leadership and My Father

In memory of my father, Robert T. Struck, April 26, 1921 – April 21, 2017. Reprinted from May 4, 2015. Leadership and My Father It took me many years to learn the greatest lessons of leadership from my father.  They were subtle.  Dad has his PhD in Chemical...

A Tribute to My Lifelong Friend, Gil

I referenced my college roommate in my last column about WIGS. He passed away last Friday. This is dedicated to him, an avid reader of my work, and more importantly, my best friend from college. This piece is a tribute to all life-long friends. I met Gil in the fall...

Wildly Important Goals

What I’ve Learned About Wildly Important Goals I ‘grew up’ during a time when ‘more was more’, particularly when it came to goals.  I can remember, with much pride, a time when I presented to the board 24 goals for the coming year.  I felt so successful.  “We have so...

The Author’s Recipe

The Coach is In… The Author’s Recipe “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates You might think that, based on the title, that this blog is about becoming an author. In some ways it is, but it isn’t the type of author you think. Our ‘conversation’ today is...

The Culture of Accountability

The Culture of Accountability It has been my experience that the largest majority of people want to be successful.  They want to do their jobs well.  They want to live their lives well.  The highest performers want to be held accountable, and they want their teammates...

Preparation

The Coach is In…  Preparation “Serenity may not be what one achieves in old age; it may be one of the fruits of what one has learned by preparing while one is young.”  Robert Greenleaf I took the first week of February off (hence, no writing).  Vacations, for me, are...