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 […]

Beware Your Filters

No, not coffee filters—people and message filters. We like to think that we are thoughtful and discerning in our responses and with our reactions (or lack thereof). However, the reality is that we typically react to people, situations and communication based upon the filters through which we experience everything, which […]

What Did You Make It Mean?

I’ve written on this topic before, but the recent United Airlines fiasco has brought it back front and center for me, and hopefully for you. The concept is simple – whatever reactions I have (or you have) to people or situations, especially emotional reactions, are based upon what I make […]

Seven Questions that Will Transform Your Life

Yes, that’s what I said – questions that will transform your life, and also your business and relationships. Why so confident, you ask? First, because I believe in the power of questions – well-framed questions – to elicit more impactful solutions and to heighten awareness. Second, because the brilliant philosopher […]