No Place Like Home?

Most of us know the Wizard of Oz line and this scene by heart – Dorothy realizing that home was at the heart of it all, clicking her ruby slipper heels together and reciting “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home!” One […]

A Few Good Questions

I’m writing this blog while taking a high speed ferry from the Island of Santorini, Greece to Athens, Greece, where I’ll be speaking and exploring over the next five days. This most recent business and travel experience and adventure has given me extended time and opportunity to ponder and contemplate […]

What Baggage Will Your People Leave With?

Let’s get one thing straight right at the beginning – we ALL have baggage. Whether it’s emotional, family, parenting, education, relationship, religious, political or employment baggage. If  you’ve lived, then you have baggage. I often hear or read of people saying that they don’t have any baggage, but unless you […]

Are You at a Shift Point?

If you’re my age or older, there’s a pretty good chance that at some point you learned to drive a manual transmission (aka a stick shift). It’s also likely that you’re familiar with terms like “3-on-the-tree” and “four on the floor.” If you’re younger than fifty, it’s less likely that […]

Great Ideas Are Dangerous

If my friend David Akers reads this blog, he’ll remember very well our first substantive conversation, at Mom’s Diner on November 29, 2004 (I only remember because I put a note in my contacts). We talked about a wide range of topics, and I remember David’s shock (keep in mind […]

The New KPI

I’m guessing that most of you are familiar with the term or concept of a KPI – a key performance indicator. Leaders and organizations embrace KPI’s in different ways and to different degrees – from occasional reference to them to putting KPI’s at the forefront of all strategic planning and […]

Talk Is Cheap, But Silence is ….

I recently had the pleasure of hearing an amazing speaker, poet and change agent named Sekou Andrews (sekouandrews.com). He offered this insightful perspective: “When they tell you talk is cheap, tell them silence is unaffordable.” This really stood out to me as a different perspective on TALKING VS. ACTING. Talk is […]

Sometimes You Have to Really Change Things Up

If you’re like me, you sometimes get (or feel) stuck. Or perhaps you’re facing a particularly difficult personal, business or leadership challenge, and the traditional solutions don’t seem to be adequate for what you’re facing. Sometimes your problems or challenges require something more or different, perhaps significantly different. And sometimes […]

Where Are You All In?

During the 2015-2016 NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had a slogan – All In – that was the foundation for their season. It was printed in marketing materials, plastered on billboards, shone on scoreboards, emblazoned on hats and t-shirts, and used as a rallying cry during the Cavaliers’ national championship […]

Tell Me What to Do

This is the plea of many new leaders. While this may seem like a logical request, it reflects the misunderstanding of leadership and leadership development. Many of you have become proficient at what you do, even excellent, and then comes the next opportunity for leadership and growth. You’re given more […]