It’s All In the Name

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it was a fantastic experience. I had never been there before, and I saw and experienced many different places, including the historic Santa Fe Plaza area and the Canyon Road galleries (an […]

A Life Formula

Recently, I got together with a friend I hadn’t seen for many years. She had moved out of town and recently moved back to the Cleveland area. We were catching up, and I was sharing the state of my life and my experiences with her – lots of joy and […]

Time to Empty the Jar

Yesterday, I wrote a short blog about the infamous jar – that jar filled with big rocks, smaller rocks, tiny rocks, sand and water – the metaphor about priorities and life. My earlier post was focused on the need to make adjustments inside the jar, especially when we take on […]

Time to Let Go

Last year I walked a portion of the Camino de Santiago – 200 miles of mostly solitary walking across northern Spain. It was an incredible journey, and it was filled with many different experiences along the way. One tradition on the Camino is to carry a stone with you, which […]

Live and Lead Like a Honey Badger

Over the past few years, a viral video of a honey badger has gotten over 85 million views on YouTube. You probably know the one one I mean, but  take a few minutes and click here if you have not yet seen or if it’s been awhile since you’ve seen […]

What’s Your Excellence Commitment?

This week I’ve been in Central Mexico — specifically, Mexico City and an area about two hours south of Mexico City. While Mexico City is a very large city — the second largest in the Americas (almost 9 million people in 2015) — it is in many ways a very economically poor country. While there is […]

Embrace the Dump in Meetings

Think about the last time you were in a meeting where you had very strong reservations about the idea being presented or the person presenting the idea. Perhaps you had extreme doubts about achieving the goal being discussed or you had lots of examples of ways that the team or […]

Leaders Are Honest About Their People

One of Jack Nicholson’s most famous movie lines (he has many) is “You can’t handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men, and it’s often true for all of us, especially as leaders. This past year, I’ve been sharing this uncomfortable truth, which has been disrupting leaders across the world […]

Leadership Legacy

There’s a 1980’s country song called “Lookin’ for Love” (most remembered from the movie Urban Cowboy) that includes this repeated lyric: “Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.” Most of you have heard this song, and I think it has lots of application to leadership – specifically, that we’re […]

The Business of Life

I recently wrote a blog about the difference between making a living and making a life, in which I encouraged people to focus on making a life (which includes making a living) rather than merely focusing on making a living. From this you might wrongly surmise that I see business […]