It Is You

If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you’ll remember the episode where George’s girlfriend breaks up with him and uses this line: “It’s not you, it’s me.” In response, George protests that he invented that break-up line and further insists that it is definitely him. Finally, she relents and tells the truth: “Alright […]

Change Is Not a Level Playing Field

There are two deep and consistent truths about change. First, change is inevitable – the only question is whether you create change or are the victim of change. Second, very few people enjoy and look forward to change. Thus, we have an inherent conflict between these two truths – it’s […]

What’s Your Impact Awareness?

Previously, I’ve written about this leadership truth: Everything you do (or don’t do) and everything you say (or don’t say) has an impact, intended and unintended. Conscious and effective leaders constantly scan for and consider these impacts. The awareness and personal ownership of these impacts is a vital part of […]

Accessible Versus Available – A Leader Shift

Nearly every leader I meet (and have ever met) struggles with this issue – time. Not only time in general, but the time that is required for (or given away to) other people. Think about your day and contemplate how many times you are asked this question: “Do you have […]

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 […]