You’ve Got a Persona Problem

In marketing, one of the current buzz-words is ‘persona’. Persona? For example, you create a persona of your best client so you can tailor your marketing efforts towards those that match that persona. For the marketing folks out there – am I missing anything? OK, so your persona is made-up many things and some of […]

I Could’ve Had a V-8! Moment

A few days ago that famous commercial from the 80’s popped in my head. I could picture someone with the palm of their open hand, slapped against their forehead, while saying, ‘I could’ve had a V-8’. The commercial popped in my head because I had just read something that reminded me that I don’t spend […]

Summer Road Trip Fails

Nothing tests your ability to be your best or bring out the best in others in my opinion more than a family road trip. What are the top 3 tests? How about the best way to pack the car, who sits in the back of the minivan versus who sits in the middle, and how […]

TIRED

Yesterday was a long day like most of us experience weekly. It started at 5am to finish preparing for an 8am meeting. It ended with being a timer at a youth swim meet for 3 hours and then accompanying one of my kids at almost 10pm, who’d been hired by one of the neighbors to […]

I TOOK the BAIT

How many times a week do I ‘take the bait’? What I mean is how many times do I respond to emotion with some of our own and achieve less than the desired result? How do I stop it? On the last mile, on the last day of a grueling, 10-day canoeing trip in the […]

What Our Leisure Reveals About Us

What does our leisure reveal about us? Here’s what I think – it reveals who we really are. How?, It reveals what we do when we’re not ‘on stage’. Leisure is what we do when no one is looking… I believe getting our leisure right is how we get our work right. There’s a hierarchy […]

Moving From ‘Little Picture to Big Picture’ for Growth

Moving From ‘Little Picture to Big Picture’ for Growth Moving from ‘little picture to big picture’ for growth can be made by simply changing your ‘why’ for growth. What do you do to change your ‘why’ and move from ‘little picture to big picture’? You change ‘why’ you practice a technique to improve your skill. […]

Your Most Consequential Hobby (for Life)

Think about a hobby you enjoy and how you went about improving in that hobby. In soccer, most players have a dominant foot they use to pass and shoot the ball. At some point, in grade school, I realized I was left footed and in order to improve, I had to learn to use both […]

What are the Problems a Leader Never Quite Solves?

In the 2nd Friday, What Works in Authentic Leadership, 40 minute, monthly workshop, I asked the group for their reaction to this question. Here’s their answers: – feeling you didn’t do everything you could– not making everyone happy– making yourself unnecessary for the long-term running of the business– teaching others effectively– raising your children– retaining […]

Authentic Leadership is Like Harnessing the Wind

I’m continually on the lookout for better ways to explain what authentic leadership does to avoid it being mistaken for something you’re already doing. I liken authentic leadership to harnessing the wind, arguably the most powerful force of nature. What do you think of the following explanation? You can’t see the wind… You don’t know […]

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