DiscoveredLOGIC, LLC
 MANAGEMENT CONSULTING and TRAINING

Management Consulting & Training

Blog

JFK at 100: The Two Techniques Behind JFK's Best Speeches

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM


May 29, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy (JFK). While his assassination cut his presidency and life tragically short, his legacy lives on in many ways, including his speeches. JFK was able to connect with people by explaining complex issues in an easy-to-understand and memorable way. There were two rhetorical techniques he used frequently to do that. 

...

Read Full Post »

Lessons from the Top 5 Ranked Presidents

Posted on March 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM

The Presidents of the United States are ranked from time to time by historians, and four are always at the top - Washington, Lincoln and both Roosevelts. In the latest poll of historians just released by C-SPAN for the President's Day holiday, a newcomer has broken the top five - Eisenhower.

Each of the top-five ranked presidents had different leadership styles that still offer lessons to lead...

Read Full Post »

7 Keys to Success in First 100 Days: Lessons from FDR

Posted on February 16, 2017 at 8:50 AM


President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (FDR) accomplishments in his first 100 days set a bar against which every subsequent US president has been measured. It is an unfair bar in many ways, as the situation FDR inherited 84 years ago is much different than modern times. It’s also not clear FDR even intended 100 days to be a bar against which to measure his own administration. Wha...

Read Full Post »

How Rescuing Greyhounds Made Me a Better COO

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 9:55 AM


I adopted two retired racing greyhounds several years ago. Despite their fierce racing image, greyhounds are gentle-natured and don’t need much exercise. Their ability to sleep all day has earned them the nickname “40 mph couch potatoes.” Because of their careers as racers, however, they do require unique care to adjust to life in a home. That experience transitioning them to a ne...

Read Full Post »

8 Types of Leadership Your Team Needs from You

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 5:20 PM

We hear the phrase “think outside the box” a lot. If “the box” is something that is stifling creativity, it sounds like something to avoid. But when “the box” is a framework that smart leaders use to get better results from their teams, it is something to embrace.

 

In our new book Lead Ins...

Read Full Post »

8 Lessons from a Great Speech: Steve Jobs

Posted on July 23, 2016 at 11:45 AM


In 1997, Steve Jobs made his famous return to lead a floundering Apple and gave a speech to some employees to describe the turnaround plan. That 15-minute video is the best example of how to communicate strategy I have ever seen. Here are 8 keys to effective communication that he displays in that speech:

 

Be Insanely Prepared – Jobs did the whole speech without notes...

Read Full Post »

7 Values I Learned By Walking the Camino Across Spain

Posted on June 24, 2016 at 5:50 PM


I recently walked the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail across Spain. Every pilgrim (peregrino) has a passbook to get stamps along the way to prove they are doing the trail. My pilgrim passport hangs proudly on my wall and gives me something more than just memories: it lists 7 values each pilgrim should live by while on the trail. I've found these values useful for everyday, post-Camino life.

Read Full Post »

How Losing Star Performers Can Be An Asset

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 12:10 AM


Alex got recruited away from a management job with a small, fast-moving, progressive company to a larger, slower, more conservative company. His role was new, so he spent a lot of time in his first year recruiting a team. At the end of the year, he was pleased with the quality of the team he had built. His first annual performance review noted his ability to attract top talent too.

 

Read Full Post »

3 Ways to See Good News in an Award Loss

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Surprise email I received on February 1, 2016 – “We are happy to announce that your book has been selected as one of the 20 top Leadership books of last year and is a finalist in the Leadership Book of the Year 2016 competition”

 

Expected email I received on February 16, 2016 - “We just closed the public voting for Leadership Book of...

Read Full Post »

Leadership Lessons from Former Farmers

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM


I wrote an article on LinkedIn about the lessons I learned as a suburban kid who got shipped out to work on the family dairy farms during summer school breaks. That article hit a wellspring from people who grew up on farms and shared their own lessons that have helped them in their careers after the farm.

Here are the 5 biggest leadership lessons from farming those readers shared.

 

Seeing the Digni...

Read Full Post »