If You Really Want Someone to Read Something, Then…

Nobody reads anymore. They scan. If people scan and if pictures (business process visuals) are worth at least a few hundred words, why don’t we use pictures more to communicate with others? My bet is that when someone scans a process visual they slow-down enough to read (probably because there’s a few hundred words to absorb)… For example, […]

The “First Touch” is the Most Important One

In soccer, the first touch by a player in possession of the ball determines the success of the entire possession. The first touch could be a shot on the goal with the intention to score, it could be a pass to a teammate or the player could dribble. The result could be scoring (or not), […]

What is Sainthood and Why Should You Care?

Sainthood is being everything on earth you were put here to be. Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul. – Joseph Brodsky, Russian-born U.S. poet & critic

A Moon Set?

It was ~6:45 this morning (cold and wintry). I was parked, doing some work in the car before participating in an early-morning business event. I was evidently on high-ground. I looked-up for a moment and saw the most beautiful, unobstructed “moon set” in the west. I turned the other direction out of curiousity and took-in the […]

The Speed of Sudden Confidence

As recent as yesterday, people I spoke with lamented that while we’re past the “bottoming-out” point in our economy, it looks like a long road back… Suddenly, today, the headlines read “20% jump in home starts in 2011,” “U.S. expects higher than predicted GDP growth in each quarter of 2011” and “Intel reported its best quarterly […]

Off the Deep End. Again.

When is the last time you stretched out of your comfort zone and went off the deep end? Although a life-long exerciser, I never swam. Today I followed-through on a promise to myself to add swimming to my exercise regimen. A straight-hour of swimming… I have alot of confidence as a weightlifter, runner, soccer player, […]

New Year’s Experiment

I was at the local YMCA today just a few blocks from our house and it was packed to the rafters with motivated weightlifters, treadmill patrons, cyclers and zumba dancers like it is every January. Just a month ago you could have rolled a medicine ball down the middle of the building and not have […]

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

It drives some people crazy when they walk into the bathroom and find the cap off of the toothpaste tube. I stumbled upon this scene in the children’s bathroom at my house recently… a few tubes of toothpaste (why two!) squeezed empty at their midsections and four caps strewn over the bathroom countertop. Sometimes we have to […]

More on Thought Leadership

I was speaking to a colleague yesterday and something they said struck me. Thought Leadership is a direction. Thought leaders tend to have a significant body of work (because of the direction they went previously) and continue to be thought leaders because of their progression in an uncharted direction.

There’s no such thing as “soft skills”

They’re all skills. You measure them the same. What if you wanted to improve your coaching skills? Why? You increase the effectiveness of those who work for you? What happens now? You give others the answer or do it for them. What if you trained them to do it themselves through your improved coaching? How […]