Help Them See It

During several recent coaching sessions, I was talking with leaders about the importance and necessity of helping their team members seeissues, shortcomings and opportunities to improve. Through these discussions, it became clear that managers and leaders usually fit somewhere in a range of approaches – only one of which is […]

Most Powerful Words

During a recent personal retreat, I heard a speaker share several examples of powerful and empowering words – what he called the most powerful words– and over the past month I’ve added on to this list. Most important, I’ve started to realize that using these words with our team members […]

Accessible Versus Available – A Leader Shift

Nearly every leader I meet (and have ever met) struggles with this issue – time. Not only time in general, but the time that is required for (or given away to) other people. Think about your day and contemplate how many times you are asked this question: “Do you have […]

A Life Formula

Recently, I got together with a friend I hadn’t seen for many years. She had moved out of town and recently moved back to the Cleveland area. We were catching up, and I was sharing the state of my life and my experiences with her – lots of joy and […]

The Leader Pause

I recently had an unexpected encounter with one of the audience members in a large group setting where I was speaking. I was not able to read her name tag, and I didn’t hear her (due to my hearing loss) when I asked for her name. As a result, I […]

In This Moment

If you know me, you know that I’m not a big fan of positive attitude, which to me means taking a bad situation or outcome and putting a positive “spin” on it. That’s why I struggle with the concept – it’s about spin, which to me is about faking it. […]

For Whom the Bell Tolls

“Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” – John Donne Many meanings have been ascribed to this famous quote, but all of them relate to the concept of death and our interconnectedness around the reality of death. I, however, see this concept as relating to our […]

How Do You Measure a Year?

If you’re a Broadway fan, you likely recognize this question from the opening song (“Seasons of Love”) in the musical Rent (listen in to hear the entire song). Rent is one of my favorite Broadway musicals for two primary reasons – it’s a love story, and it invites us 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. […]

Intentional Living©

The New Year is upon us, and for many people it’s a time for making resolutions, plans, commitments and goals. I’d like to encourage each of you to make one particular new commitment in 2015 and beyond: namely, to act, lead and live more intentionally! In other words, to be […]