What Robert De Niro Taught Me About Leadership

10 Traits of Highly Effective Mentors

I’m always surprised by what I learn at the movies. I go to be entertained. But many times I walk out of the theater with insights I can put to work in my life. Over the weekend Gail and I saw the new Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway comedy, The Intern. It was great.

Why Your Peer Group Matters More Than You Think

Have you ever noticed how the people in your life affect you? The impact can be so significant that one of the best things we can do to change our lives for the better is change our peer group. In the 1930s C.S. Lewis started a small literary circle called the Inklings. The group started […]

Inside My Mentoring Group

Scores of people have written to ask how my Mentoring Group works. I thought I’d write about it in the hope that you might be inspired to start your own group.

Take Your Organization to the Next Level

People with dreams are a dime a dozen. I meet them all the time. So do you. But precious few ever make their dream a reality. Enter Praxis, a new non-profit organization set up to help social entrepreneurs build high-impact organizations.

The Leadership Strategy of Jesus

So much of the activity I see among leaders today is focused on reaching the masses. “Successful leaders” speak at big conferences, host popular television or radio shows, publish bestselling books, or write successful blogs. Their goal is breadth. They want to extend their influence to as many people as possible. Jesus had a much different leadership strategy.

One Little Word That Almost Always Provokes Conflict

One of the homework assignments is to avoid the use of the word “you” when speaking to our wives. As Regi Campbell, author of Mentor Like Jesus and founder of Next Generation Mentoring, says, “Nothing good ever happens when we start out with that word.” As a husband of 32 years and father of five daughters, he is absolutely right. I have blown it so many times, I have lost count!

An Invitation to My Mentoring Group

Almost every week, I get a request from someone looking for a mentor. Frankly, I always find it difficult to say “no.” I think this is probably because I have profited so much from the various mentors I have had throughout my life and career. I also know how difficult it can be to find a good mentor.