My fourth book comes out next month. I am honored to have several stories of amazing CEOs who are using their position to make the world a better place. This book will provide my definition of visionary leadership, working for the benefit of humanity. It includes a set of competencies, techniques for building each, a deep look into real-time strategy, and an overview of Grand Challenges. I draw on my experience working with over 100 association CEOs as well as the president of the World Bank, the director of the Peace Corps, and senior leaders at Royal Dutch Shell.

It is a thrill for me to add to my body of work. Writing was not easy for me at first. My first assignment ruined a perfectly good week-long vacation with my wife, who supported me nonetheless. But, today I love it. I love words and I love codifying knowledge to share with others.

As we get closer to the release I will share more about it, but in today’s Monday Morning Mojo I want to celebrate the creative process. I never thought of myself as an author, but I love to create. I have hand-painted drums in my house that I have created, and hand-painted t-shirts that I wear. Anytime I have the opportunity to do something with my hands that is expressive, I love it.

I also regularly create interactions with professionals to liberate their knowledge, experience, and expertise. It is one of my greatest joys to facilitate a group of leaders who are discussing important topics. Sometimes it is simple and all I have to do is set up the conversation, then step back while everyone joins in. But, often it is messier than that, and then I am called on to listen carefully, watch body language, and help people to say what they really mean in ways others can hear it. It is the skill set I have dedicated my life to.

Books come one at a time, every few years or so. And this one is almost ready.

What do you like to create? Where does your passion find its expression? What might you plan this week to let some of it come to life?


“The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.”
Brian May