What Are You Looking For?

Over the years, I have learned an interesting leadership and life lesson – one that you may want to resist. It’s simple: whatever you are looking for, you will typically see. Put another way, you will most often see and experience what you are looking for and expecting. More specifically, […]

Mom and Moments

10:32 AM … Monday, January 15, 2018 This was the last moment of my Mom’s life. One year ago, today. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year. Such a clear reminder of the speed and fragility of life. While I very well remember that last moment (and […]

Beat Down is Not Better Leadership

When was the last time you felt like a leader, manager or some other person beat you down about something you had done or not done, accomplished or not accomplished? My guess is that most of you could quickly think of a time when you were beat down, and for […]

Which Scares You Most?

Let’s start with this reality – fear is real. Certainly, there are different levels of fear. There is fight or flight fear when confronted with a life or death threat, and this type of fear you actually feel in your mind and body. There is also much more subtle fear, […]

How Do You Measure a Year?

If you’re a Broadway fan, you’ll likely recognize this question from the opening song (“Seasons of Love”) in the musical Rent (listen in to hear the entire song). Rent is one of my favorite Broadway musicals for two primary reasons – it’s a love story, and it invites us to look at life and […]

Sharpen Your Leadership Edge

My Dad loves knives, and the gift of a knife is always a good choice for him. Two things I’ve learned about knives: 1. the importance of keeping the blade sharp; and 2. you sharpen a knife blade in small increments. If you have ever sharpened a knife you know […]

Curiosity and Synchronicity

I am naturally curious, and I believe in synchronicity. Recently, I had another confirming experience of the powerful combination of these two forces. I was in Raleigh, NC, and I had scheduled to have drinks with my dear friend Darlene Goldbach. It had recently snowed in Raleigh, and the temperatures […]

Three Shifts in Leadership

Yesterday, I spoke for a group of association leaders on the topic of snow globe leadership, and I want to share with you the core of this message. The most common question I get is why snow globes, and the answer is simple: snow globes are one of the most […]

Now Is the Time for Feedback

Hopefully, we all know the value of feedback – whether we’re gifting others with honest feedback or receiving it ourselves. The trouble with feedback is not a failure to see its value, but a failure to express that value through our actions—for example, failing to care enough to make time […]

Showers and Leadership

What you say? Showers cannot have anything to do with leadership, but indeed they do. Think about the best way to turn on your shower to get hot water. Do you turn the temperature to cold and then slowly turn up the heat, OR do you turn the heat all […]