What If They Know?

There’s an old saying: “You can run, but you can’t hide.” I’m not sure about the derivation or intended meaning of this saying, but it reminds me of the ways that we attempt to hide from others what we’re really thinking. Frankly, I think it’s impossible to hide our feelings […]

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. […]

In You Must Go

You knew it was coming – with the debut of The Force Awakens you had to know I would share a message with a Star Wars theme. Yet perhaps not the message or reference you anticipated. One of the often forgotten scenes from The Empire Strikes Back occurs when Luke […]

Are You All In?©

According to Woody Allen, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Certainly, I’ve heard a familiar lesson for much of my life: show up and you’ll be ahead of the game. Yet I have come to question – in fact to doubt – the truth of this assertion. At the […]

The Trap of False Truths©

Riddle me this: When is the truth not the truth? Answer: When I am talking to myself. If you’re thinking that this riddle is not funny, you’re right – but it is true. We are so focused  on what we believe is true (and often it is), that we miss […]

Arrows of Truth©

The truth hurts. Let’s face it – it does hurt. The question is not whether the truth hurts, but whether you desire the truth enough to take the hurt. For years, management gurus, trainers and consultants have been speaking, writing and theorizing on different ways to communicate the truth. From […]

The Naked Truth©

I know you’re going to be disappointed. This article is not about being naked – well, at least not literally. It is actually focused on the truth about what it means to be naked as a leader—being authentic. Let me begin with one of the most famous lines from the […]

Inside Questions Create Internal Alignment©

One of the most critical tools of the conscious and self-reflective leader is the willingness to continually go inside for answers and learning opportunities, no matter what the circumstance, situation or perceived cause. Conscious leaders embrace internal questions, ones they repeatedly ask of themselves when things go well, when things go […]

Time to Tell the Truth©

I always fancied myself to be a fairly honest person, or so I thought. However, my understanding of what it means to be honest was deeply flawed, primarily because I always thought of the need to be honest as being about someone else – I need to be honest with […]