Who Is Carrying Your Culture Flag?

Don’t worry, this blog is NOT related to our current topic of interest – standing or kneeling during the National Anthem. However, it does relate to flags. Back to flags in a moment, but first a word about culture. One truth about culture is that every organization has a culture […]

What’s Your Word?

That’s the question – what’s your word? I’ll come back to that in a moment. I love history. I haven’t always loved history, but I started falling in love with it about 20 years ago as I started reading and understanding it better. I don’t particularly love historical facts and […]

Acorns and Oak Trees

We all know the proverb – “from little acorns mighty oaks do grow” – but do we believe it? More specifically, do YOU believe it and are you planting acorns? There are a couple of things you need to know about acorns and oak trees. First, it takes some time for the […]

What Baggage Will Your People Leave With?

Let’s get one thing straight right at the beginning – we ALL have baggage. Whether it’s emotional, family, parenting, education, relationship, religious, political or employment baggage. If  you’ve lived, then you have baggage. I often hear or read of people saying that they don’t have any baggage, but unless you […]

Level 5 Blind Spot

In 2001, Jim Collins published a book that went on to become a best seller (over four million copies) and is considered one of the most influential business books of our time. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t (Harper Collins 2001) included a handful of […]

Reframing Expectations

In my journey over the past couple of years, I’ve experienced an amazing amount of peacefulness and calm (often in the midst of chaos), and I rarely experience stress. When I start telling people about this, I usually get one of four comments or questions: Where are you getting your […]

Are You at a Shift Point?

If you’re my age or older, there’s a pretty good chance that at some point you learned to drive a manual transmission (aka a stick shift). It’s also likely that you’re familiar with terms like “3-on-the-tree” and “four on the floor.” If you’re younger than fifty, it’s less likely that […]

Thank God It’s Monday

This coming Monday is a national holiday (Labor Day), and many people have the day off. However, not everyone gets the day off, and many of you may not know the original intent behind Labor Day. The idea for Labor Day came from the organized labor front and came about […]

Great Ideas Are Dangerous

If my friend David Akers reads this blog, he’ll remember very well our first substantive conversation, at Mom’s Diner on November 29, 2004 (I only remember because I put a note in my contacts). We talked about a wide range of topics, and I remember David’s shock (keep in mind […]

Yes, Yes, Yes!

Some movie trivia – what movie is famous for a scene that involves this line – “Yes, yes, yes!”? Need another hint? The more famous line from this scene is “I’ll have what she’s having.” By now you should have been able to guess the famous restaurant scene from When […]