Powerful Metaphor for Leadership

In a string quartet, all four musicians are trained to move certain ways for technical reasons specific to their type of instrument to produce the perfect note (sound). For example, let’s consider the cellist. The cellist is hunched-over their instrument, head-down, making jerky, distracting movements (they are connected to themselves as cellists). Isolated, this behavior […]

Another Example of Self-Absorption

In the Fast Company Article – “Robots are Changing the Future of Telecommuting” the case presented is that “bots” are the next evolution of staying connected. Wake-up. This is not the direction we need to go. Increased connectivity equals less presence (especially presence of mind). Instead of continuing to hurtle forward into the awareness abyss, […]

Facilitation Golden Rule – Create “Raw Material” for Innovation

I was facilitating a “user group” for a client this morning. They were looking for product innovation. The user group submitted a list of requests to my client of product enhancements they wanted. These users weren’t enthusiastic about “digging-up, dusting-off or uncovering” innovative ideas by asking questions around these product enhancement requests. They want the […]

Definition of a Thought Leader

1. A person/firm that focuses on a particular industry (e.g. construction) or body of knowledge that reaches across industries (e.g. coaching) on a distinct topic (dramatically building builders or creating lasting behavior change in senior-level executives).2. Generates innovative ideas and is often a contrarian.3. Continues to add to an already impressive body of work around […]

What’s remarkable about Marshall Goldsmith?

Marshall Goldsmith is widely considered to be the preiminent executive coach in the U.S. I was one of a small group of 13 people to spend time with him last week in Palm Beach, Florida discussing Thought Leadership. Here are reasons why Marshall is a Thought Leader: All of his intellectual property is free for […]


Safety professionals are specifically trained to keep their eyes on their surroundings at all times in order to act on what they see. If their eyes are down, they cannot be aware of what’s going-on around them. If their eyes are up they can detect smoke from a building in the distance, observe a person’s […]

There’s Always Hope

Next time you feel overwhelmed or stuck, use this four-question tool to regain your momentum. 1. What outcome do I want to improve and why did I select that outcome?2. Who do I need to influence in order to improve that outcome?3. What do I need to influence them to think about?4.How am I going […]