Traditions©

This past Labor Day weekend was a special time for me, as it has been for the past five years. Since 1999, I’ve been an avid reader and explorer of Civil War history, and my Dad got interested as well over the past 10 years. Five years ago, we began […]

The Power of Urgency©

Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) famously said, “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.” We’re all going hard and fast. Everyone’s busy, stressed and overwhelmed. To do lists are endless, time is finite and the most common phrase from most people is “I […]

It’s Not You, It’s Me©

Back by popular demand and following up on last week’s Leadership Lessons from Butch & Sundance, this week’s leadership and life lessons come from the television. Specifically, from the wisdom of Seinfeld – the show that claims to be about nothing but is really about everyday life (if you look […]

Leadership Lessons from Butch and Sundance©

If you don’t know what the title is referring to, then you’ve never seen the Oscar-winning and iconic Western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).[1] The movie tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker (aka Butch Cassidy – Paul […]

Who’s to Blame?©

None of us want to admit that we blame or make excuses. While we know that blaming, excuse-making and playing the role of the victim are prevalent in our culture, certainly it must be everyone else. The problem is that the math just doesn’t add up – if the majority […]

Formula for Impact©

I frequently hear people talk about how they want to do more (most typical) or do better (not as often). People want to be all of the above – more effective, more productive, more organized, more successful—you get the point (more, more, more). Everyone is chasing more, but at the […]

Don’t Be Charles Bronson©

I’m currently reading Billy Crystal’s 2013 book Still Foolin ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? (Holt 2013), a funny and enjoyable read. Telling stories about his vast and varied comedy, television and film career, Crystal shares the story of his development of […]

What Would You Tell Your Children?©

A reality of life and business is that we must make decisions – every day, big and small decisions determine our outcomes. With this reality in mind, we are constantly seeking methods, strategies and tactics for making better decisions to improve our outcomes. For all of this wisdom, there’s one […]

Are You a Top Gun?©

“I feel the need … the need for speed.” Most of you know this memorable line from the 1986 movie Top Gun starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis (and many other now famous actors). For the small percentage of you that missed the movie, here’s a quick synopsis. Maverick (Tom […]

The Seduction of Helpless© (adapted from Unmask: Let Go of Who You’re “Supposed” to Be & Unleash Your True Leader)

Who wants to be helpless? Anyone? Anyone? Let’s try a different question: Are you living in a largely helpless state by virtue of your choices? If you’re like most people, you just offered an emphatic “NO” to both of these questions, but I’m going to challenge you. Are you ready […]