YOU ARE Michelangelo

After Michelangelo sculpted his masterpiece statue, DAVID, he was asked “how did you know to sculpt DAVID?” Michelangelo, very direct, said “DAVID was always there, in the marble. I just took away everything that wasn’t DAVID.” If you take the time to write-down what your best self is, that’s your DAVID. It’s the truth about […]

A Beautiful Life, Not Balance is What’s Realistic

After working with leaders for years, here’s what I know: few leaders are balanced. Why? In my experience, balance is hard to achieve because it’s unappealing to them. What’s appealing is a ‘beautiful life’… Picture this: a beautiful life is like a racing chariot barreling through time, reeling, but erect (G.K. Chesterton). Leading a beautiful […]

Here’s what I think – there’s always a gap between where we are as a person and where we want to be.

Here’s what I think. What do you think? Here’s what I think – there’s always a gap between where we are as a person and where we want to be. If you can define that gap, you can bridge it and achieve your best self. It’s the same with organizations. There’s 3 types of leaders […]

How Do You Minimize Phone Use?

I’m part of a men’s group focused on being better men. The discussion topics focus on ‘what works’ to be better. What are the topics? How to remove obstacles to being better spouses, parents, business colleagues, friends, community members, and spirit-filled people. Regardless of topic, the number one obstacle is our phones… Here is the […]

“Life is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing” – Helen Keller

This quote helps us understand how she achieved what she achieved in life despite the burdens she bore. How do we follow suit as we look towards next year despite our burdens? Besides career goals, what are your adventurous goals next year for being a daring spouse, parent, sibling, friend, community member, and spirit-filled person? […]

Why Go Through Life Tone-Deaf?

Last night, at the dinner table, as is tradition, we took turns answering a ‘question of the night’. The question was ‘what is your favorite Christmas movie or song?’ Most of the movies and songs mentioned contained a message like ‘remember what’s most important’. Here’s the message I’d like to share with you this Christmas… […]

Least Effort, Highest Return: Authentic Leadership

What is the least effort, highest return action you can take to achieve your best self? Gain a basic understanding of temperament and character… Temperament, through nature, is your biology. Contrary to what many believe, temperament is not leadership because leadership is not genetic. Leadership is character. Youre not born with it. You build it. Ideally […]

The Pressure Point That Should Matter Most to You

I’m glad this post’s title got your attention. I’m sure it has something to do with timing (November 2nd, 2020), but hey, I’ll take it. What’s a pressure point? A place on the body (an individual or organizational body or society for that matter) that can be pressed to stop tension, pain or bleeding. How […]

UBER Driver Lessons

While on a business trip in Houston I met a marvelous Uber driver named Kari. I asked her how business was the last six months and her reply stunned me. She said she’s been driving for three years and she’s worked harder the last six than she ever has. Her reply when I asked ‘why’ […]

What Makes You ACT?

Do you remember the acronym you used in middle school to solve math problems – PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally)? You used it to unwind your math problems correctly. First you solved what was in parenthesis, then any exponents, finally you completed multiplication, division, addition and subtraction operations, in that order, to get […]

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