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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DON’T PEE IN THE POOL

One of our summertime rituals is our kids’ participation with the neighborhood swim team – practice every morning and swim meets on Thursday nights… The title of a recent Seth Godin post reminded me of something we’ve all learned when swimming, and it applies to our lives, DON’T PEE IN THE POOL. What I mean […]

Low Strategy, Low Culture

LOW STRATEGY, LOW CULTURE Can a company start in the lower left quadrant? No. But companies can fall there and disappear. If you’re in the upper left quadrant (low strategy, high culture) or lower right (high strategy, low culture), your organization is exposed to unnecessary risk. You’re just a step away from low strategy, low […]

Reverse Course! RESULTS Create Engagement

I worked with a successful healthcare client recently on using culture to enhance execution of strategy to optimize results. They had disagreement on 1. direction of the organization and 2. ownership – that had slowed the organization. What most leadership teams do is focus on thorny issues like these without first laying ground work to […]

Why Leadership is For The Many, Not Few?

Even if you flip burgers in a restaurant, you can be a leader… Who REALLY believes that? I didn’t , but I do now.   Why? LEADERSHIP IS MORE THAN THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR WORK – flipping burgers, being a CEO or even a shift manager. Leadership is 1. connecting your work with your purpose, […]

Readiness Fire Drill for Daily Life

YOU HAVE ONE, BRIEF LIFE. Are you ready to be your best daily? Most people I encounter wait for daily challenges to find them, and they are caught flat-footed because they are not ready. Instead I urge clients to seek challenges daily – it’s how you grow. There’s a mountain inside you! Reach higher, embrace […]

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 […]

THE TRUTH About Loading a Dishwasher

My wife and I have successfully started a basketball team – we have 5 children. Since we are a team, we all have roles and tasks, including chores. We just took our oldest to college and everyone still at home has received a promotion, and chores have been reshuffled. What we did is what most […]