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? […]

Unconventional Team Member Recognition

Do all your family members have the same capacity to give or be of help? For example, my 9 year old daughter doesn’t have the same financial capacity as my father, so when she offers to pay for lunch if I take her out, it makes a bigger impression on me than if my father […]

URGENCY is Excellence in Every THOUGHT, ACTION & INTERACTION

Our family does yard work and our 5 children participate. For example, our 13 and 16 year-old boys mow the lawn. Recently, one child complained that I made their job of weeding a flower bed more difficult. I had spaded the bed to loosen the dirt to make the weeding easier. This child complained that […]

Cram a Gallon of Meeting into a Quart of Time

Sometimes you have a lot to do in a short meeting time. One tactic I used recently was what I call a ‘Quick Start’. I asked 15 meeting participants to prepare their answers to 8 key questions that needed solutions to move the business forward in the next 3 months. The obstacle was, we only […]

A Significant Leader Does WHAT They Do Because of WHO They Are

A Significant Leader Does WHAT They Do Because of WHO They Are You can’t achieve your purpose, in other words, your optimal results, without knowing WHO you are first. It’s interesting, most of us don’t know WHO we are. WHO incorporates 2 questions – WHAT & WHY. WHAT we’re doing or performance, is what I […]

THE TRUTH About Loading a Dishwasher

My wife and I have successfully started a basketball team – we have 5 children. Since we are a team, we all have roles and tasks, including chores. We just took our oldest to college and everyone still at home has received a promotion, and chores have been reshuffled. What we did is what most […]

Demonstrate You Know How to Earn Trust

I recently read a Linked-In post on how to earn trust by a healthcare executive, Kyle Majchrowski, through his experience hiring contractors for construction projects through a competitive proposal and interview process. During this process, everyone shares their success stories to earn trust, to win the project, and it works, unless everyone else shares their success […]

When Push Comes to Shove, Don’t…

Have you ever lost a key team member, a business opportunity or not been paid by a client? I call these moments – that create anger, hurt, and frustration ‘defining moments’. In other words, how we respond when things don’t go our way defines WHO we really are, and distinguishes us from our competition. In […]

Selfish, Good Intentions, Struggling or Leader?

From a client meeting this morning – yes, at 7 a.m. on a Monday, I have a nugget to share. Which one of these types of people is the most pervasive in the leadership roles of organizations? Someone who is selfish and does not grow their people because they do not want to lose them. […]

It’s Upside Down – The Space Where Innovation Happens

A few months ago, I worked with a client to capture their culture on paper so they could use it to innovate ways to attract more of the clients they wanted and didn’t have. It’s upside down. It’s not what you’d expect. It’s how you create space for innovation to happen… It’s a common PROBLEM […]