CARONAVIRUS Gratitude

When things are GREAT, we tend to forget about gratitude. When things are TOUGH, we tend to forget about gratitude. EXCELLENCE begins and ends with gratitude because gratitude is long-term thinking. You don’t get too high or too low… Long-term thinking affects every thought, action, and interaction, everyday. In the long-term, whether things are great […]

Support Your ‘Enemies’

I just sent a note of support for an acquaintance that moved his children out of the school I and my 5 children have attended and into a local public school. The easy thing to do is become defensive and throw stones at the person that seemingly rejects something we closely identify ourselves with by […]

Urgent: Test Yourself for Mediocrity

We’ve been lulled into thinking MEDIOCRITY IS EXCELLENCE… For example, if we employ people, sit on a few boards, donate money, and provide a comfortable life for our families, what’s unusual about that? Don’t other leaders, especially our competitors, and gasp, those with different political views, etc… do the same? In other words, what I’ve […]

What to Start, Stop & Continue Doing…

One of the simple, time-tested tools I use with individual and organizational clients to collect actionable feedback from family, business colleagues or stakeholder groups to improve quickly is a ‘Start, Stop, Continue’ tool. The context IS you at your best. NOT the opinions of others or others projecting their issues on you, which happens with […]

It’s NOT a Wonderful Life

How many times have you seen the Christmas classic, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with Jimmy Stewart playing the main character – George Bailey? Why does this movie endure?… IT’S A WAKE-UP CALL. It’s a call to excellence. A result of achieving excellence is being happy today, at this moment and every moment thereafter. Excellence? You’ve […]

Leading a Double Life

There is a CRAVING for leaders with high integrity… I watched a clip from a movie called Margin Call (about the 2008 financial crisis, link to clip is in comments section below) and it’s a great example of duplicity. Duplicity is the opposite of integrity. Duplicity is believing you have integrity while doing the opposite. […]

What it Looks Like to Achieve Integrity

The best leaders have the most integrity. Integrity attracts others. What does it look like to achieve integrity? You’re the same person in every domain of your life, especially when things are not going well. What’s the result? The result of integrity is consistency, credibility, and referability. Do you live your life as if the […]

THE BEST LEADERS HAVE THE MOST INTEGRITY

The best leaders have the most integrity. Integrity attracts others. For example, you tend to listen more to those that have more integrity and less to those with less integrity. What is integrity? Clearly connecting your identity and your work. How? You make your identity visible (purpose, principles, etc…) and measurable like your work. What […]

EXCELLENCE, NOT PERFECTION

EVERYONE has what they need to achieve excellence. Both life circumstances that help or hinder can accelerate achievement of excellence if you choose. What that means is just because someone is CEO of a company with abundant resources doesn’t mean it helps them achieve excellence. To achieve excellence, you clearly connect your identity to your […]

HOW TO BUILD CHARACTER (you’re not born with it)

How to Build Character (you’re not born with it) How do you react when something not only doesn’t go your way, it makes no sense or seems unjust or unbelievable to you? Several of my kids have experienced disappointments recently – one in college and one in boy scouts. As a parent I hurt for […]