Level 5 Blind Spot

In 2001, Jim Collins published a book that went on to become a best seller (over four million copies) and is considered one of the most influential business books of our time. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t (Harper Collins 2001) included a handful of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stop Being Lazy

“Who me,” you say? “I’m not lazy.” Well, I’m specifically referring to a particular form of laziness – the laziness inherent when you say some version of “that’s just the way I am.” I don’t buy it. My eyes are brown, by hair is gray (mostly now) and my height […]

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 […]