Learning Happens in the Present

If you’ve read or followed me for even a short time, you’ll know how much I believe in and embrace the power of being present – in the moment and in the now. As I’ve deepened my understanding and experience of the present, I’ve also learned some amazing things about […]

The Illusion of Accountability

One of the first questions I ask business owners and leaders who come to me for a consultation is, “How are you doing with accountability?” Typically, when leaders are honest with themselves the answer is either “We could do a lot better” or “We are terrible at it.” Certainly, it […]

What About the Car Behind You?

I’m pretty confident that as a driver you pay close attention to the cars in front of you and on each side of you, and perhaps even to the cars behind you to make sure you know what they’re up to. However, are you the type of person who pays […]

Carved In Stone

Recently, I was walking downtown with a friend and I suggested that we should cross the street, even though there wasn’t a crosswalk. Yes, it was jaywalking. I followed up by saying what I’ve said many times – that I see most rules as more like suggestions, and I added […]

Are You Hiding?

No matter what your age or generation, nearly all of us have played the game hide and seek. It’s a fun game that can be played inside or outside, and it’s simple enough that anyone can play. Unfortunately, it’s also become a game that we play at work and in […]

I Could Never

How often do you say some version of “I could never ….?” I know that I hear it regularly. I just completed my annual trip with my Dad – this time it was for 9 days out west and included an Amtrak train ride, 2,500 miles of driving (roughly the […]

Coach

As I write this blog, I’m sitting in my hotel in Riverton, WY, with my Dad. He and I are on our annual trip, and this is our 8thyear. We started off doing Civil War history trips, but this year we decided to do some bucket list trips for both […]

Lead Like a Parent

If you’re like many leaders, your first response to this title is this: “Exactly, I have to lead like a parent because my people act like children.” If that’s your response, think again … if your people are acting like children, then they’ve likely been made to feel like children […]

Coping Is Doping

I was recently talking with a friend about a difficult situation in her life, and she said, “I just need to figure out a different way of coping with this.” When I heard those words, it immediately struck me that coping differently is not the answer – in that situation […]

Let Your People Lead

I love history, and I recently came across this fabulous quote from General George Patton: “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” Yes, it seems simple, but the important question is whether you practice this wisdom in your leadership. I regularly […]