Reframing Expectations

In my journey over the past couple of years, I’ve experienced an amazing amount of peacefulness and calm (often in the midst of chaos), and I rarely experience stress. When I start telling people about this, I usually get one of four comments or questions: Where are you getting your […]

Thank God It’s Monday

This coming Monday is a national holiday (Labor Day), and many people have the day off. However, not everyone gets the day off, and many of you may not know the original intent behind Labor Day. The idea for Labor Day came from the organized labor front and came about […]

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 […]

Yes, Yes, Yes!

Some movie trivia – what movie is famous for a scene that involves this line – “Yes, yes, yes!”? Need another hint? The more famous line from this scene is “I’ll have what she’s having.” By now you should have been able to guess the famous restaurant scene from When […]

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 […]

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 […]

Employment Baggage

We all know about personal baggage. You know, that “stuff” from our past experiences that we carry around with us and bring into future experiences and relationships. That baggage that everyone else has, but we deny that we ourselves have. That baggage that we sometimes use to hit other people […]

You’re Not That Good (or Important)

You heard me: you’re not that good, and you’re not that important. Go on, get over yourself. Yes, I’m talking to you. You—the person who feels the need to control and hold on to things. You—the person who has a hard time delegating and handing off because you’re positive that […]

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 […]