Stale Conversation

I live in Dallas, which is a large city with more restaurants per capita than NYC, yet it is not uncommon to ask someone where they would like to eat and they say ‘I don’t know’. The same thing can happen when asking for feedback. I have a client who is frustrated by not receiving […]

At a LOSS for Words…

During coffee with a client today, he expressed his discomfort with not knowing if one of his rising stars was engaged or ready to ‘jump ship’. He would ask, ‘how are you feeling’ or ‘is everything ok’, not knowing how else to measure her level of engagement. To avoid this feeling of uncertainty, here are […]

Getting to the Airport Faster

When I returned my rental car to the airport last week, I was approached by a man in a bright yellow vest. He introduced himself as Jesse, informed me he worked for the rental car company, and asked if he could take me to the terminal in the car I had just returned. I looked […]

Influence

Most of us have learned ‘tips and tricks’ to influence others instead of changing who we are. Here are steps. First, other people are attracted to joy. Who wants to be around people who are serious all the time? Second, after food & water, people crave respect. Respect is energizing to both parties. Third, only […]

Can You Burpee More Than a 12 Year-Old?

I just turned 50 and in my mind I’m as fit as anyone walking around town. When I’m pressed for time and I can only do a short workout, I’ll shoot for 200 burpees, 20 per set, every 2 minutes for 20 minutes. I usually make it to +/- 185 because I simply run out […]

This Has Nothing to do with Construction. It’s Business.

Participating in “Improving Capital Projects Symposium” in Denver. A fantastic group of like-minded Owners, Architects and Contractors. The take away from Day 1 is collaborative behavior has to be taught to become part of the culture and then the behavior has to be fed and watered on a regular schedule to sustain and grow it. […]

Bad Help

What is bad help? Bad help is 1. supporting change and 2. not wanting to start with ourselves. In other words, our lips say ‘yes’ and our actions say ‘no’. We all do it without realizing during times of conflict. I was at a Seek Change event last week and one of the small groups […]

Falling Down as a Leader

Falling Down as a Leader… The quickest way to pick yourself up off the floor when things aren’t going your way is to be grateful. THINKING of something to be grateful for is one thing, ACTING grateful is another. How do you practice the HABIT of gratitude? GO HELP SOMEBODY! The habit of gratitude builds […]

Your Virtue, The Greatest of Treasures

Your virtue, which is how you are characterized (prudent, courageous, having self-control, just…) is worth more than anything in the world. It is the greatest of treasures. It is WHO you are. It impacts HOW you do WHAT YOU DO. It impacts those around you. It is cumulative. It is the artifact you leave behind […]

Leadership Deficit Disorder

In my experience working with CEO’s, the 2 biggest issues are ‘overwhelm’(doing too many things for too many people) and succession. Why? I like to call it Leadership Deficit Disorder (LDD) – 90% of companies can’t exploit all of their business opportunities because they don’t have enough leaders with the right skills. This results in […]