Mustard Seed Moments

Have you ever seen a mustard seed? You can buy them in the spice section of a grocery store and they’re about the size of a pinhead. If you were to plant one, it would grow to the size of a bush as large as a tree – tall enough for birds to make their […]

The Biggest Obstacle to Integrity

The biggest obstacle to integrity is when your perception of who you are or character is out-of-sync with who you really are. In other words, how you show-up to others. Here’s an example – Winston, the CEO creates a new policy and everyone must follow the policy. But, Winston’s the worst violator! He’s out-of-sync and doesn’t […]

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 […]

YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE?

I read an article on Linked-In claiming leadership classes DON’T WORK. Here’s my take – leadership tips and tricks learned through coaching, competency training, and experience DO WORK AFTER you work on the foundation of leadership – your character. Most feel they’re a leader based on their work product and they’re wrong – that’s quadrant […]

Upside Down Humility

Humility is one of two leadership virtues. http://www.cimastrategic.com/the-vocation-of-the-business-leader-topic-leadership-mastery/ Practicing humility is easy until there’s a risk of 1. money, 2. reputation, 3. power, 4. spending time we don’t think we have or 5. doing something we don’t want to do. When one of these triggers our pride, which happens on a daily basis, humility goes out […]

GOOD FEAR

GOOD FEAR 2/3 of the year is in the books. This is a timely reminder to avoid a letdown. Have ‘good fear’. A magnanimous person, someone who has urgency to do great things, has a fear of not doing the good that could have been done… An extreme example of ‘good fear’ is I’ve caught […]

Do You Have a Hand Print on Your Back?

One of my boys is close to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He needs exactly 1 requirement for 1 last merit badge and completion of his eagle project. It’s taken many years to get to this point and lately he’s been finding ways to delay. Finally, I asked him to make a completion schedule […]

Improving Engagement and Smoked Salmon

My 16 year-old son smoked his first salmon recently and it could have happened several years ago. The problem was me… Why? I didn’t think he was capable and I felt I had to do it. The lesson is others can usually do more than you think if given the opportunity. I could’ve been raising […]

Your Obstacle to Excellence

As revealed in last week’s post, the biggest obstacle you and your organization faces to reaching the upper right quadrant either individually or organizationally is when your perceived WHO is out of sync with your real WHO. Here’s an example – Winston, the CEO, creates a new policy and everybody must follow the policy. But, […]