Simply Ride the Razor’s Edge to Better Decision Making

Do you ever witness someone making a mountain out of a mole hill? Here’s a way to effectively deal with it. William of Ockham was a Franciscan Friar who studied logic in the 14th century. He popularized the decision making principle called ‘Occam’s Razor’. Occam’s Razor means that if there are several possible ways (i.e. […]

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 […]

Leadership is a Family Road Trip

A Smith family road trip (7 people in a minivan) is filled with frustration from siblings not always getting along and enjoyment from reaching a destination, and it is shared. Have you ever taken a trip by yourself? It’s not as enjoyable is it? Why? Because you have no one to share it with. Leadership […]

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 […]

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 […]

Your Name Is Your Favorite Word in the World

I office at home and my wife and I have 5 school age children. It’s summer vacation now, and this morning, I was in the kitchen and my 9 year-old blurted-out from the adjoining family room, ‘can I watch television?’. My reply was, ‘what am I, a dog?’. I have a name! In this case […]

Addicted to Distraction

Here are some excerpts from a New York Times article by Tony Schwartz and my comments. Addiction is the relentless pull to an activity that interferes with daily life. By that definition, nearly everyone I know is addicted to the internet. It has replaced work itself as our most socially sanctioned addiction. HERE’S A SIMPLE […]

CUTCO Wisdom From My Daughter

Did you ever sell CUTCO as a teenager? If you didn’t, CUTCO is a kitchen knife direct sales company. They sell premium knives, guaranteed for life, and they sell through a teen sales force that leverages their networks of family and friends. CUTCO knows who they are and they’re excellent at being who they are. […]

Navigating a Perfect Storm Firing Dilemna

What would you do if you had an under performing team member who was caught lying? Wait, there’s more… They were also just diagnosed with cancer. Is that all? No. You also learn their spouse was fired from their job two weeks ago and your attorney is in your ear NOT to fire them because […]