Wandering Into Wisdom

This blog chronicles the knowledge, insight and wisdom I encounter every day as a leadership consultant, executive coach, educator, father, friend and citizen. This site is dedicated to my father, Louis (Jack) Laughlin, who passed on to me an appreciation for wisdom. A special thanks to my friend Isaac Cheifetz, a businessman and journalist, who helped me understand the value of blogs and encouraged me to write one.

Not Just Criticism

Too many performance evaluations are after-the-fact criticisms based on standards that were never clearly identified.  Effective performance management begins with a discussion of measureable objectives and requirements followed by an objective evaluation of final results based only on the criteria agreed to by all parties.

Reflection Basics

Look inward (what am I trying to accomplish?)
Look outward (what matters to others?)
Look back (what new things have I tried?)
Look ahead (what will I do differently?)

David Peterson - Director of Learning and Development at Google

Leaders and Rulers

The difference between leaders and rulers is that leaders need permission to lead, from willing followers.