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 […]

It’s Easy to Be the Boss

It’s easy to talk like a boss and just as easy to be the boss. It’s also easy to talk about being a leader, but it’s often difficult to actually be a leader. Perhaps this is why we have plenty of bosses, but precious few leaders. However, differentiating leaders from […]

Are You the Titanic?

We all know the story of the Titanic – the unsinkable ship turned out to be sinkable, and as a result over 1,500 people died in this preventable disaster. While the movie Titanic romanticized the tragedy, the facts speak volumes: The Titanic’s total capacity of passengers and crew was 3,547 (2,222 […]

Are You on Autopilot?

This past week I was gifted in several conversations with flashbacks to various movie scenes that spoke to me about critical leadership and life truths, and one of these was from the movie Airplane! (1980). While the film is nearly forty years old, many of you will be familiar with […]

A Tolerance Process

Recently, I wrote about the role and impact of tolerance in your leadership (and life), offering this truth: “Your leadership, your relationships and your career are not defined by what you preach, but by what you tolerate.” I’ve gotten a great deal of push back and resistance to this position […]

Culture Killers

Everyone’s talking about it, but few are building it. Everyone says they want it, but few are willing to commit to it. Everyone thinks they have it, but few actually do. Yes, I’m talking about culture – more specifically, a culture by design. One truth about culture is that unless […]