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 […]

Just Like Riding a Bike

We’ve all heard the saying “It’s just like riding a bike.” It refers to the concept that once you learn certain things, you never forget and the required skills will immediately or quickly come back to you when needed. While it’s a reality that certain things we learn will always […]

It’s What You Make It Mean

What IF every reaction (emotional or otherwise) that you have to an event, experience, communication or interaction is almost completely about you? More specifically, it’s about what you decide that event, experience, communication or interaction means about you. Stay with me as this concept invites a shift that can transform […]

Letting Go of “Leadership”

This week I had the opportunity to experience a leadership workshop facilitated by Scott Alexander, an author, speaker and coach from Maryland. I had previously spoken to Scott on the phone (and read his book, Lead Like a Black Belt), but this was my first experience with Scott in person. […]

If Your Plate Is Full, Get More Plates

If you’re like me, you have two different experiences with plates. First, when it comes to actual plates and food, you tend to pile on too much (especially at the buffet) because it all looks so good. I fail to think about the fact that I can take smaller amounts […]

The Essence of Leadership I

Last week I wrote about the leadership gap (misalignment and lack of integrity), as well as what leadership is not (leadership versus management). I also made the bold assertion that leadership is the solution for “what’s broken in business, in communities, in families, and in the rest of the world.” […]

The Leadership Gap

As I look around the world (in businesses, in teams, in communities, in families, and in relationships), I see an urgent need for leadership—or at least for a new type of leadership. With all the challenges we’re facing in our world, I’m firmly committed to leadership as the solution. When […]

It’s Time to Give Up

No, I have not lost my mind. Well, at least not in the way that you might think. You’re probably wondering how I (a person with such a positive and optimistic way of seeing and experiencing life) am suggesting that we give up. The key is in what I’m suggesting […]

Field of Dreams

This week is the celebration of baseball – the All Star Game – and as a person who grew up with, loves and still plays the game of baseball, it reminds me of some of the great baseball movie lines of all time. There are two that I want to […]

What If You Were All In?

In case you missed it (e.g. you were in a coma), the Cleveland Cavaliers recently changed the course of history (and perhaps a region and a generation) when they improbably won the NBA Championship. It’s an amazing story and experience, but there’s a lesson buried within this historic event that […]