Thanksgiving 2020

I am grateful for many blessings in my life. This Thanksgiving, I am reminded of a quote by Gandhi, “For I can see, that in the midst of death, life persists; in the midst of untruth, truth persists; in the midst of darkness, light persists.” There is no question that...

How to Achieve Greater Results

Now more than ever results matter. No matter what size organization you might have, the chances are high that you are struggling with the hardships associated with the pandemic. Unless, of course, you own Zoom. The challenges to achieve success are at an all-time...

How to Demonstrate a Clear Aim or Purpose

Site of Our First Vineyard, Spring 1968 Building a community starts with one – and that one must have purpose. In the mid-1960s, my dad had an interest in growing grapes that created good wine. He believed that Michigan had the potential. He had no big plans to grow...

Cross Functional Dysfunction at its Worst

This one is too bad to be true. Not only was this organization cross functionally dysfunctional, it was also dysfunctional within functions. And to make matters worse, much of the dysfunction was caused by the function that is supposed to prevent cross functional...

What if you are not ACTIVE?

If you are not ACTIVE, you are not leading. Recently I introduced my ACTIVE leadership model. Today, we’ll discuss what happens when you don’t consistently demonstrate the elements of the model. Aim or purpose: Without clear purpose, employees are not clear on...

Steve’s ACTIVE Leadership Model

An ACTIVE leader is a transformative leader. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work for great leaders in great organizations. Some of the best have been in companies like Whirlpool Corporation, Johnson and Johnson, Allstate Insurance, and AbbVie. ...
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