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 […]

Act Unusually: 2 Keys to Operate Out of Hope

One of my children shared they made a disappointing grade on a recent exam. What’s the usual reaction of a parent? While at the airport last week, I sat next to a technology salesperson on their phone explaining to their boss they weren’t going to hit their sales goal. What’s the usual reaction of a […]

Minimum vs. Maximum Standard

What can happen as you deal with issues this week is falling prey to the ‘tyranny of the minimum standard’. For example, one of my sons did less than the minimum in regards to one of his chores – cleaning the wood floors in our house. I didn’t let the conversation go where it could […]

Voting Integrity vs. Duplicity

The things we commit to memory – passwords, anniversary dates, but specifically our principles, which are 2-3 truths we use to make decisions, reveal who we really are, and these truths do not change. What can change over time are our values and passions as we go through different seasons of life… What we value […]

Revoked! Your Cultural Drivers License

Do you remember anticipating your first drivers license? As soon as you received it, you were going to use one of your family’s cars and ‘burn rubber’ or show-off to friends. Beforehand, what if your parents shared you were going to be responsible for part of the ownership of the car? What if they expected […]

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 […]