“This Has to Stop” Is Not the Answer

If you’re like most leaders and team members, you’re familiar with this phrase:  “This has to stop.” It’s a phrase we use in meetings and conversations when one or more people have identified a problem in the organization – something that’s not working or which is getting in the way […]

Acorns and Oak Trees

We all know the proverb – “from little acorns mighty oaks do grow” – but do we believe it? More specifically, do YOU believe it and are you planting acorns? There are a couple of things you need to know about acorns and oak trees. First, it takes some time for the […]

Lost Without Context

I have long believed that context is critical to communication, understanding and leadership. If I want to understand you or your business, I need to know your context. In order to determine whether my services are the right fit and value for potential clients, I need to understand their context. […]

Lessons From The Martian

I love movies, and I learn a lot from them. As Steve Martin (Davis) brilliantly offered to Kevin Kline (Mack) in Grand Canyon (1991), “That’s part of your problem: you haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” With that thought in mind, I invite […]

Stop Shoulding on Yourself (and Others)©

If you know me, you know that I believe in the power of words to empower or disempower, especially the words we use about ourselves. You also know that I have given up a long list of words: can’t, try, someday, never, impossible, okay and busy. Well, it’s time to […]

Your One Third©

If you’re like me, you find yourself saying something like this: “I can’t believe it’s already September” or “Where did the summer go?” Funny how time seems to fly in our minds, but not so funny how we (I include myself in this) fail to take action to change it. […]

The Power of Urgency©

Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) famously said, “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.” We’re all going hard and fast. Everyone’s busy, stressed and overwhelmed. To do lists are endless, time is finite and the most common phrase from most people is “I […]