Where does trust come from?

Author Seth Godin at PDF 2007

Leadership on any level depends upon trust. Unlike respect, which may be given based on position alone, trust is cultivated — or eroded. Seth Godin offers a great self-check in his blog post Where does trust come from?.

Don’t Miss The Cohoes Falls In Upstate New York

Cohoes Falls at Cohoes, NYI have to admire Cohoes mayor, John T. McDonald, III, for standing up and daring to champion the Cohoes Falls. I grew up in this town. The author’s remarks are true!

I can only imagine the resistance he received in this small town from the “it’s never worked before” crowd. Prime waterfront real estate had remained a diamond in the rough for centuries, until this visionary wouldn’t let it rest.

I am delighted to show my children and grandchild­ren the Cohoes Falls in all her glory, and the credit goes to John T. McDonald, III.

Do you have a diamond in the rough story? Please share; I never grow tired of tales like these.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Dreamers, Raise Your Hand So We Can See You

I see those hands. Some of you are tentatively putting that hand up. I think I know why. When we are told,

Man thinking on a train journey.

Image via Wikipedia

“You’re a dreamer.” the tone is sometimes admiration, and often times disdain. Be encouraged.  The world needs you.

I came across this quote recently and it made my heart sing.

“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.” — Cherie Carter-Scott

If your thought process has wandered beyond the possible, beyond the probable over to the impossible and you flip that thought around  like an interesting rock in your hands, the world needs you. Continue reading

Sustainable Leadership Must Be A Core Value

“It is about taking their best people and providing the environment and opportunity to learn whatever is needed to assure those people will become the best leaders they can become.”

Few would argue that a successful business or organization depends on leadership. The leader steers the team. It all depends on the leader.

Or does it? You hear the term sustainable leadership around more and more. I am familiar with sustainable living concepts, but sustainable leadership? I investigate.

Sustainability Camp

Sustainability Camp (Photo credit: Matthew Burpee)

In a thoughtful analysis of sustainable leadership in About Leaders, guest contributor Tim Cummuta writes about how this works and why it matters citing examples of GE and Apple. Cummuta states, “It is about taking their best people and providing the environment and opportunity to learn whatever is needed to assure those people will become the best leaders they can become.”

The idea is to be less focused on finding the right leader time and again, but rather deciding: we build our leaders at every level from within first. We mentor employees for leadership. We value experience from within the company. We acknowledge that leaders leave and we have a plan for that. Continue reading