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2022-09-19 14:49
What’s the best legacy a leader can leave? A Track Record of Results? Is the best legacy a leader can leave a track record of significant results achieved? Laudable results for a bus… Read More
2022-09-13 22:40
Good leaders don’t worship before the idol of one goal or one stakeholder. They have learned the art of balancing and tilting among competing and conflicting interests and among short… Read More
2022-08-25 14:59
Today, more than ever, we need leaders and organizations to commit to the overarching aim of being excellent, ethical, and enduring. Commit to the overarching aim of being excellent, ethical… Read More
2022-08-01 13:51
While many people profess not to care what others think, we’re social creatures and want to fit in. Right? But winning acceptance should never take precedence over accepting yourself… Read More
2022-07-20 14:18
What do you do when one of your star performers, the best salesperson, or the brilliant technical expert is a jerk? Even worse, more than a jerk, your star performer is a dirtbag who lies, a… Read More
2022-07-18 14:54
Tom Cruise’s 2022 reprise of his 1986 hit movie, Top Gun, has been a box office smash. Top Gun: Maverick has Cruise again playing Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a cocky, rule-br… Read More
2022-06-28 10:28
In our book, Triple Crown Leadership, based on extensive research and interviews with leaders in 61 outstanding organizations in 11 countries, we identified five advanced leadership practice… Read More
2022-06-10 11:18
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -author unknown I have a new take to share on retirement. Search online about retirement and m… Read More
2022-06-03 05:52
There I was, giving a guest lecture on leadership at a European business school, when I got an intriguing question from a student in the back of the room: “Excuse me, why are we talkin… Read More
What Are Your Leadership Derailers?
2022-05-13 18:55
Here’s the thing: we all want to be better leaders. But too often we focus on what to do as leaders while neglecting what not to do. That’s where leadership derailers come i… Read More
2022-05-11 22:31
Early in my business career, I was a loner. I worked hard and was polite to others, but I never connected with colleagues. I never opened up to reveal what I was feeling. It was all business… Read More
2022-05-03 20:25
(This presentation was given on April 27, 2022, by Bob Vanourek at the University of Denver’s Elevate Ethics 2022 Event, hosted by the Daniels College of Business and the Institute for… Read More
2022-03-23 23:20
In his book, The Five Letters Every Christian Should Write: Reflections on Life, Death, and Spirit in the Age of Covid, a close family friend, Rev. David E. Gray, Senior Pastor of Bradley Hi… Read More
2022-02-08 17:58
(Guest article by Bill Thompson.) Leadership occupies the vast space between that which is clearly right and clearly wrong. The result often is indecision and inaction at the highest levels… Read More
How To Become A Better Servant Leader
2022-01-20 22:14
Decades ago, Robert Greenleaf articulated one of the most important leadership frameworks in history: “servant leadership.” Greenleaf described the essence of this coun… Read More
Boards And Servant Leadership
2022-01-14 23:55
Writing a half-century ago, Robert Greenleaf already saw a new and more active role for board members.* In his groundbreaking book, Servant Leadership, Greenleaf had a chapter on “Trus… Read More
Why Maximizing Shareholder Value Is Wrong
2022-01-07 16:41
A big debate has been raging about the purpose of business for decades. Two opposing theories dominate the discussion: shareholder primacy theory and stakeholder theory. How does Robert Gree… Read More
Unleashing Leaders In Your Organization
2021-11-19 17:17
In his classic essay, “The Servant as Leader,” Robert Greenleaf (creator of the servant leadership framework), wrote the following: “Anyone can lead…. There is a pro… Read More
The Paradoxes Of Servant Leadership
2021-11-10 17:02
Leadership is rife with paradoxes, seemingly self-contradictory statements that may nonetheless be true. We see this in the servant leadership framework as well as other approaches. The Ser… Read More
Why Servant Leaders Outperform Bosses
2021-10-20 22:22
One of the most common structures used in organizations over the ages is based on a hierarchical model of bosses and subordinates. It likely has its origin in military command-and-control un… Read More
2021-10-07 14:21
Are you a leader if you’re a boss with people who report to you? If you’re a military officer with personnel subject to your orders? Are you a leader if a nonprofit board hires y… Read More
2021-09-02 23:30
In “triple crown leadership,” our framework focused on building organizations that are excellent, ethical, and enduring, both head and heart are required for exceptional leadersh… Read More
2021-06-10 02:15
It’s one thing to achieve outstanding results. It’s another thing to do so ethically, especially when others are cutting corners. Operating ethically is the second imperative of… Read More
Leadership And The Excellence Imperative
2021-06-02 20:22
Getting results is one of the preeminent tasks of leadership. What we call “triple crown leadership” (from our book of the same name) seeks not just any results, but excellent re… Read More
2021-05-26 22:51
It’s time to raise your leadership game. What’s your leadership quest? What are you seeking to do through your leadership, and where do you want to take your team or organization… Read More
Back To Normal? Not So Fast
2021-05-24 20:57
In fortunate parts of the world, there’s a palpable sense of relief and celebration as life begins to get back to normal after a brutal pandemic year. In some quarters, there’s j… Read More
2021-05-14 20:59
We all fall into traps in life. One of the most common is the comparison trap: constantly comparing ourselves to others and judging our worth by how we stack up—mostly on things that a… Read More
Are You Drifting Through Life?
2021-04-16 19:59
“Let us consider the way in which we spend our lives.” -Henry David Thoreau How did I get here? Is this what I wanted for my life? Is this what I chose? Life… Read More
Guard Your Heart
2021-03-05 21:26
A year into the pandemic, we’re reminded of how important it is to guard your heart. Here we mean our metaphysical heart, our sacred center. Parker Palmer said it beautifu… Read More
2021-02-19 18:51
We’ve all heard of flow—that remarkable state of being in the zone and operating at our best. Many of us have experienced it. But what exactly is it? And how do we get into it… Read More
2021-01-29 22:56
With startups, many people focus on what entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen calls “product/market fit”: “being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that… Read More
What Is Your Quest?
2021-01-22 21:40
What is your quest? Where are you going? And why? What quest are you on in your life and work? In days long gone, there were many quests. For Power. Glory. Riches. Discoveries. Love. B… Read More
The Power Of Empathy In Leadership
2020-10-31 21:15
These days, we ask much of our leaders. Organizations and governments are under great pressures to perform, and these days leaders are responsible for crisis management during a pandemic wit… Read More
The Importance Of Integrity In Leadership
2020-10-15 22:45
High Resolution Integrity ConceptLeadership involves so many difficult challenges and exceptional behaviors and mindsets. These days, we ask much of our leaders. When I ask workers to q… Read More
The Importance Of Trust In Leadership
2020-10-12 20:12
There are many ways to think about leadership. For some, as we have seen, it is about control or power. For others, it is about achievement or recognition. For others, thankfully, it is abou… Read More
The Importance Of Credibility In Leadership
2020-10-08 20:46
Credibility: the quality of being worthy of belief and trustCredibility, which flows from character and competence, is one of the most essential aspects of leadership. High credibility is a… Read More
The Most Important Questions For Leaders
2020-09-29 21:12
Leading others well can be a great challenge. It requires courage, judgment, wisdom, emotional intelligence, integrity, and much more. Leadership excellence comes with experience, but it beg… Read More
The Keys To Great Meetings
2020-09-03 15:33
by Bob Vanourek Photo credit: iStock One of the mind-numbing miseries of organizational work is the time spent in meetings. Atlassian, an Australian enterprise software company, provid… Read More
2020-07-31 00:15
Leadership is a complicated subject. Most everyone recognizes good leadership, but there are many varying definitions of leadership, as well as many different versions of what constitutes go… Read More
2020-04-28 20:47
Today, we are all being tested greatly, and so it is with our leaders. Individuals, organizations, and systems are all under strain, with some facing overload. Here are several keys to l… Read More
The Perils Of Climbing Mode In Our Career
2020-04-25 21:55
In our culture today, it is easy to assume that the proper frame for going about our working life is to pursue “climbing mode” as early and aggressively as possible. When I say … Read More
Ten Keys To Self-Leadership
2020-04-22 22:57
We face a barrage of challenges these days: rapid change, a barrage of demands on our attention, tension between work and home, and more. There is one meta-skill that shapes how we respon… Read More
2019-05-03 10:40
Entrepreneurs today have a powerful hold on the collective imagination. Look around and notice the many inspiring examples of entrepreneurs in action. But much of what we think we kn… Read More
How To Change Your Organizational Culture
2018-03-02 14:53
Photo credit: Deposit Photos Most leaders understand that organizational culture is important. But many struggle with how to change and improve their culture. For too many leaders, culture i… Read More
Is Your Business Stuck In Zombieland?
2017-11-24 09:47
by Bob Vanourek (Image Source: Deposit Photos) “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Attributed to Albert Einstein U.S. governme… Read More
To Lead Well
2017-05-15 07:54
A poem by Bob Vanourek Summarizing Great Leadership Bob reading excerpts at his book launch in Vail “To Lead Well” by Bob Vanourek I’ll start within,Cultivating quality cha… Read More
2017-04-28 15:09
We face a barrage of challenges these days: astonishing technological change, intense competition, a barrage of demands on our attention, tension between work and home, and more. There is… Read More
The Trust Imperative
2017-02-11 13:17
By Bob Vanourek Trust Inc: A Guide for Boards and C-Suites, edited by Barbara Brooks Kimmel Building trust is an imperative to creating a better world. Through my work advocating ethical and… Read More
2016-12-18 09:34
by Bob Vanourek Embracing ethical leadership can be a game changer in your life, as it was for me. But just what is ethical leadership? And how does ethical leadership differ from ordinary… Read More
The Keys To Success
2016-11-11 12:38
What are the keys to success? I pondered this question when asked to speak at the recent GlenX Success Summit in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. My task was to define the X Factor that, combine… Read More
Interviewing For Emotional Intelligence
2016-04-13 15:49
  In our award-winning book, Triple Crown Leadership, we reveal five advanced leadership practices for building an excellent, ethical, and enduring organization. The first of these is t… Read More
New Website And Book Release
2016-04-08 09:29
In conjunction with announcing his newest book, Bob has launched a new website. If you are interested in following Bob’s work, sign up here: Bob’s newe… Read More
2015-12-11 11:13
Want 52 great ideas for how to build trust in your organization? The annual Edelman survey reveals that less than 20% of business and government leaders are trusted to tell the truth, or tha… Read More
2015-12-03 10:15
Image credit: iStock by Bob Vanourek Higher trust in organizations leads to higher retention, cooperation, innovation, and pride. Higher trust enhances the speed at which organizations work… Read More
2015-11-13 13:41
by Bob Vanourek In 1981 I joined Monarch Marking Systems as their president. This subsidiary of Pitney Bowes was the leader in price-marking equipment used by retailers. But scannable bar co… Read More
2015-11-05 08:40
by Bob Vanourek Early in my leadership quest to “find a better way to lead,” I had the wonderful pleasure to work for Jan and Olga Erteszak, Polish immigrants who had fled the Na… Read More
2015-10-29 09:58
By Bob Vanourek I was flying from Cleveland to Chicago to meet my wife, June, and two young sons. They were flying from Los Angeles to meet me for a brief Christmas holiday. I had been &ldqu&hell…Read More
2015-07-24 17:32
  Guest Post by Mike Figliuolo   The pressure on leaders is increasing every day. Calls for “doing more with less” echo through the halls as ever-escalating expectatio… Read More
2015-06-07 19:49
Image: By Maryland GovPics (2015 Preakness Stakes) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThat’s why it’s called “the most elusive c… Read More
2015-04-30 15:27
Are you tired? Stressed? Busy? Just par for the course for today’s leader, right? Wrong. These days, it seems that “busy is the new black.” Busy is in. People boast about… Read More
2015-03-18 23:54
Set No More Than Six Personal Values   Photo credit: iStock     “Values tell you what to do when you don’t know what to do.”   -Tom McCoy, executive vi… Read More

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