Entries by Christopher Kolenda

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The Carbon Fiber Principle: Reveal Skills with Affinities to Retain your Top Talent.

Custom-fit jobs to people if you want a high-performing team. Cram people into ill-fitting roles if you want to burn them out. “But, Jim, you are so good at your job. Why are you leaving?” I’m burned out. I need a break. I need to do something else. How often have high-performing employees left your […]

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Are you a Lamp, Lifeboat, or Ladder; Why not be all 3?

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder,” wrote the 13th-century Persian poet Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi. “Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” [Admired Leadership’s Field Notes brought this quotation to my attention.] Successful people are one or two of these three. The lamp symbolizes wisdom; you help people see […]

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By Day 3 of the Fallen Hero Honor Ride, my butt was very sore; Lessons Learned on the Road

Lessons Learned on the Road I had bicycled nearly 300 miles into stiff headwinds from Hurricane Ian, which heightened the pain and added to my fatigue. It’s not supposed to feel like this. I was popping ibuprofen and acetaminophen like candy, sitting on bags of ice at night, and considering other ways to reduce the pain. […]

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1,700 Miles in Spandex; Lessons Learned on the Road

Lessons from the Fallen Hero Honor Ride That’s me, a Middle-Aged Man in Spandex (MAMS), who completed the 1700-mile bicycle journey from Spalding, Nebraska, to Arlington National Cemetery. I was visiting the graves of the six paratroopers from my unit who were killed in action in Afghanistan and raising funds for the Saber Six Foundation, […]

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Queen Elizabeth II shows that most assumptions about Leadership are Wrong

Queen Elizabeth II demonstrated that leadership is not about your chromosomes, personality, hardwiring, or credentials. It’s about how you behave. Full stop. Hundreds of thousands of Britons lined London streets and countryside thoroughfares leading to Windsor castle. They tossed flowers, offered prayers, and paid respects as Queen Elizabeth II journeyed to her eternal resting place. They arrived voluntarily. […]