What’s Your Single Standard of Conduct?

Today’s reality is that people want to believe that they can maintain and even promote two different personas – most often, one for personal life and one for professional. I’ve always maintained that there is no such thing – that there’s one you and that the core of you shows […]

Will You Be the One?

Are you the one? Are you the one to change things for the better or the different? Are you the one to changes things with your company, with your team, with your organization or with a community effort? Are you the one that’s going to change or heal that relationship […]

Choosing Your Leadership

Thursday, I had the pleasure of speaking on leadership to a large group in Akron, Ohio. My core theme was the Five Foundations of Conscious Leadership: Awake Aware Authentic Accountable ActionizedTM My program also spoke about authentic leadership and servant leadership, and it also included a discussion of the vital […]

Stop Shoulding on Yourself (and Others)©

If you know me, you know that I believe in the power of words to empower or disempower, especially the words we use about ourselves. You also know that I have given up a long list of words: can’t, try, someday, never, impossible, okay and busy. Well, it’s time to […]

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 […]

Your One Third©

If you’re like me, you find yourself saying something like this: “I can’t believe it’s already September” or “Where did the summer go?” Funny how time seems to fly in our minds, but not so funny how we (I include myself in this) fail to take action to change it. […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Are You Prepared to Do?©

What’s your level of urgency and what are you prepared to do about it? Consider these challenging words from Dan Millman (world champion athlete, author, speaker, coach and inspirer): “Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness–if you had little time left to live – you […]