June 29th, 2014

Leadership Team Key To Optimizing Organizational Performance

A Multi-Post Series On Executive Leadership Styles And Behaviors.

As the sociologist Max Weber argued a century ago, institutions that endure thrive not because of one leader’s charisma, but because they cultivate leadership throughout the organization.

Striking a similar note, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego (USD) this month released


March 5th, 2014

‘Servant Leadership’ and San Diego’s New Top Cop

Profile In Leadership: Shelley Zimmerman, Chief of Police.

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman

A beaming Shelley Zimmerman proudly accepted her appointment as the City of San Diego’s new Police Chief Tuesday afternoon.  A standing room only crowd of well-wishers, including local law enforcement, business and community leaders, packed the City Council Chambers for the historic moment; she


October 20th, 2013

BOOKS – Give and Take

Are You A Giver, A Taker, Or A Matcher?

Reciprocity styles have always held a special fascination for Adam Grant of The Wharton School. How we reciprocate for thoughtful gestures and acts of kindness by others is influenced by a number of factors, including culture, life experience and expectations, according to Grant.

Most people act


October 5th, 2013

BOOKS – The Servant

A Simple Story About The True Essence of Leadership

This short, gem of a read is a story about a seemingly successful businessman whose career and personal life are actually spiraling in the wrong direction — downward. He is failing horribly in all of his leadership roles (father, boss, coach) and somewhat in denial about his


August 4th, 2013

BOOKS – The Go-Giver

A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

“Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving…Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were.”

This gem of a quick read, just 128 pages, reminds me of Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.