Milwaukee Makes Me Happy

Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a presentation to a gathering of businesspeople in Milwaukee, as part of the very cool LeaveSmarter series dreamed up by the smart folks at 800CEOREAD.

There’s a whole travel saga behind it that I won’t go into (suffice it to say that my plane landed at 11:30am and I started speaking at 12:07pm!), but the important thing is that the folks who attended and I all had fun, and – acording to them – it was useful as well.

We were talking about culture change, leadership, and what people expect of leaders during a time of change. Which, as I noted to them, is now all the time.

The sense I got is that almost all of these folks really want to be good and effective leaders; they want to be people that employees admire and respect; they want their employees to succeed; they want to guide their organizations to a healthy and prosperous future. In short, they are well-intended.

Now, I know there’s “many a slip twixt cup and lip” and that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” and any other apt aphorisms you care to throw in — but still. I was cheered, as I always am, to see that many companies are run by people who want to do well by doing the right thing.

Call me a relentless optimist.

What do you think – are most leaders basically good guys, or evil materialistic scumbags, or somewhere in between?

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Over the past 30 years, Erika has developed a reputation for creating approaches to learning and business-building that are custom tailored to her clients’ challenges, goals, and culture.

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