A Little Help Please

When I was growing up, a common phrase we used when playing ball games was “a little help please.” The ball went into the street, across the road or into the neighbor’s yard and we called out “a little help please.” Funny – we didn’t hesitate to ask for help […]

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 […]

Just One Step

When I originally scheduled my Camino de Santiago journey, the “plan” looked like this: Walk from Sarria to Santiago (112 km / 69 miles) which is the minimum walk to be considered an official Camino pilgrim (110 km or more and finish in Santiago). (5 days) Walk from Santiago to […]

The Target Is Not Optional

Over the past six months, I’ve been sharing a leadership truth with my audiences – an arrow of truth that is not easy to hear, but it IS a leadership reality. Whenever you choose to lead, whether in taking on a leadership role, accepting a leadership assignment or taking action […]

Leaders Are Safe

In Simon Sinek’s second book, Leaders Eat Last (Portfolio 2014), he offers this important perspective: “Leadership is about making people feel safe. When someone feels heard, they feel safe.” Carrying this concept to its logical conclusion, it’s also true that when someone does not feel heard, then they do not […]

Letting Go of the Bike

Recently, I wrote about a leadership shift – moving from giving others a hand up to your level to supporting the growth of your people much the same as when you teach someone to ride a bike. It’s supportive, encouraging and effective. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve shared this […]

Letting Go of “Leadership”

This week I had the opportunity to experience a leadership workshop facilitated by Scott Alexander, an author, speaker and coach from Maryland. I had previously spoken to Scott on the phone (and read his book, Lead Like a Black Belt), but this was my first experience with Scott in person. […]