Experiences Matter

As many of you know, I love Broadway shows and my favorite is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s innovative smash hit Hamilton. One of the songs in that show is titled Yorktown: The World Turned Upside Down, which refers to the unimaginable outcome of the colonies winning the Revolutionary War. Well, we’re all facing an […]

Precedent Setting Perceptions

Here’s a phrase that you often hear from leaders: “We have to be careful about setting precedents.” Interestingly, these comments are nearly always directed at what the leader perceives as “negative” precedents. Most recently, I’ve heard this phrase several times as companies are discussing whether they’re going to allow employees […]

Why Walk Backwards

(from my soon-to-be-published book, Just One Step: Walking Backwards to the Present on the Camino Trail) Before I dive into the various practical ways that walking backwards will serve you, let’s first look at some obvious benefits of this shift. As noted above, walking backwards is one antidote for the […]

Just Walk Backwards

(from my soon-to-be-published book, Just One Step: Walking Backwards to the Present on the Camino Trail) I’m a huge fan of Seinfeld – the show about nothing – and I’m convinced that everything you need to know about life, relationships and leadership can be found there. However, you may have to look at […]

Look Back

(from my soon-to-be-published book, Just One Step: Walking Backwards to the Present on the Camino Trail) One unexpected Camino gift and lesson was the importance of periodically looking back along your journey. While it’s easy to keep your eyes focused on what’s ahead of you, I found great gifts and […]

Momentum Is Real

from my soon-to-be-published book, Just One Step: Walking Backwards to the Present on the Camino Trail I’ve often thought about the importance of momentum, but it was only on the Camino that I really came to understand it – how to create it, and the various impacts and gifts that […]

Set Short-Term Goals

(from my soon-to-be-published book, Just One Step: Walking Backwards to the Present on the Camino Trail) While you may all realize the importance of short-term goals – literally, next actions, analogous to something like a sprint rather than a marathon – it became very real for me on the Camino. […]

Just Keep Going

(from my soon-to-be-published book, Just One Step: The Journey to Your Unstoppable You) You already know about the various painful physical challenges that I faced throughout the Camino. While these challenges were very real, they also opened the door to a number of rich experiences and deep learnings. One of […]

Are You Willing to Know?

Most of us struggle in some way in our lives, and we often ask this question to ourselves: “Why do I do this?” The “this” is some behavior that you know is unhealthy or keeping you from what you desire, but you regularly repeat it. While we often ask this […]

What’s Your Microaggression Awareness?

Here’s one definition from Derald Wing Sue in the book Microaggressions in Everyday Life: “The constant and continuing reality of slights, insults, invalidations and indignities visited upon marginalized groups by well-intentioned, moral and decent family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, students, teachers, clerks, waiters and waitresses, employers, health care professionals and […]