Get a Life. Do You Have One?

Get a Life. Do You Have One? My colleague, Alan Weiss wrote recently on allowing the trivial many things in our lives to get in the way of the vital ‘one thing’ we should be doing or our purpose. Our life is our purpose. Everything we do, including how we do it (attitude) should help […]

Why Leadership is For The Many, Not Few?

Even if you flip burgers in a restaurant, you can be a leader… Who REALLY believes that? I didn’t , but I do now.   Why? LEADERSHIP IS MORE THAN THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR WORK – flipping burgers, being a CEO or even a shift manager. Leadership is 1. connecting your work with your purpose, […]

What Does ‘Nice’ Mean, Anyway?

HOW TO BECOME A GREAT CONVERSATIONALIST My sons take Latin at school and in a recent conversation, I learned from them that the meaning of the word ‘nice’ in Latin means ‘nothing’. So what? Here’s the point – what do most people do? Use ‘nice’ as a polite/likable way to fill the silence – when […]

Ditch This Phrase – ‘No Problem’

When I was a younger professional, a more experienced colleague once heard me use the phrase ‘NO PROBLEM’ in response to another colleague thanking me for staying up half the night to finish a project for them. She suggested I avoid using those words because it devalued my time and talent. Instead, she suggested, I […]

How to Connect Your Identity & Performance

Last week I shared the Leadership 2.0 Loop. You ‘get in the loop’ by doing 1 thing to connect your identity & performance. What’s the ‘1 thing’ to do to connect your identity and day to day performance for optimal results? This is the 1 thing you can do this week by yourself – create […]

The Leadership 2.0 Loop

When we were children, we accepted what adults said as true until about age 8. Then, we started asking a powerful question – WHY? The answer to WHY is the process or science behind what we believe. For example, when someone asks us what we believe leadership is, everyone has an answer, but what’s behind […]

How to Cutoff an Overly Controlling Talker

Do you know how to cutoff a colleague, client or family member that’s an overly controlling talker? You know, the one that can suck all the oxygen out of the room? One of two things usually happens in organizations and families: 1. Someone insults the overly controlling talker to interrupt them and embarrasses everyone in […]

Gainful vs. Spiritual Employment

During the depression, the New Deal created public work projects to put people to work. Why? Work is important. Work gives people meaning. Many of the public work projects involved hard labor. What most laborers did was do their time and go home. It is what I call the minimum. What is the maximum? Spiritual […]

Are You a Significant Role Model?

At many elementary schools nowadays, the staff pair older students with younger students to strengthen the support system for the younger students and spark the older students’ motivation to build their own character and be a role model. What do most organizations do? They create mentoring programs that start off well, but soon fizzle. Why? […]

Readiness Fire Drill for Daily Life

YOU HAVE ONE, BRIEF LIFE. Are you ready to be your best daily? Most people I encounter wait for daily challenges to find them, and they are caught flat-footed because they are not ready. Instead I urge clients to seek challenges daily – it’s how you grow. There’s a mountain inside you! Reach higher, embrace […]

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