2nd Nature? I Don’t Know What 1st Nature is…

I’ve heard of the term ‘2nd nature’ all my life and never understood what is was or why it mattered until the last few years. Here’s what I think: First, instinct is how we’re hard-wired. An example would be breathing. Next, first nature is something we have to think about, practice, and fail at like […]

Important Details – Why Falling Forward Matters

Why does ‘falling forward’ matter? It matters because you were born for a reason and you were born to be great and form greatness in others. Even when you fail, you must ‘fall forward’ (be introspective, learn and apply it), towards what you were born to BE and DO. Otherwise, you’ll never make it to […]

Your 1/40th of the Solution

Flying back from Denver yesterday, I sat next to a college baseball coach who asked me what I did and remarked – ‘we do the same thing, but CEOs are harder’. Before deplaning, I asked to use his ‘1/40th of the solution’ idea from our chat. It builds community, authentic leadership, and accountability. Here’s what […]

It’s NOT a Wonderful Life

How many times have you seen the Christmas classic, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with Jimmy Stewart playing the main character – George Bailey? Why does this movie endure?… IT’S A WAKE-UP CALL. It’s a call to excellence. A result of achieving excellence is being happy today, at this moment and every moment thereafter. Excellence? You’ve […]

Getting to the Airport Faster

When I returned my rental car to the airport last week, I was approached by a man in a bright yellow vest. He introduced himself as Jesse, informed me he worked for the rental car company, and asked if he could take me to the terminal in the car I had just returned. I looked […]

Your life: are you moving in the right direction?

1. Only do things that take you towards your ‘WHY’ and mission. Read them frequently. 2. Your answer to ‘WHY’ you do what you do should be how you serve others. It has nothing to do with money, power or reputation. What is your ‘BIG WHY’? Without it your life is devoid of purpose. 3. […]

If You’re Not Characterized as ‘Un-Collaborative’ it Doesn’t Mean You Are

At Home Johnny isn’t a bad kid… At least he doesn’t do drugs! What does this mean? This is classic justification for not being what all of us are called to be – our best. Our best is using our talents to play our role in the world as well as dutifully bearing the burdens […]

Collaboration in Action to Solve an Issue

Sometimes someone will share how to do something, but they don’t really share ‘how’. For example, in a recent, well-written article by Justin Reynolds he shares how collaboration engages remotely located employees and distributed workforces, but he doesn’t really share ‘how’ – how do you increase collaboration among these employees to then increase their engagement? […]

Extraordinary Collaboration = Big-Picture Thinking

Sometimes we need a ‘jolt’ to keep us moving on the collaboration expedition we’ve undertaken… Here’s an idea: Collaboration calls on us to do so, even in the face of those who are behaving exactly the opposite of collaborative. This is called ‘extraordinary collaboration’. How do you practice extraordinary collaboration? 1. It’s important to note […]

Collaborating Effectively: Decoding What ‘Poor in Spirit’ Means…

During the Christmas season, there’s time for reflection. Let’s reflect on being ‘poor in spirit’ and decode what it really means. The reason I suggest this reflection is because to collaborate effectively, we have to be ‘poor in spirit’. ‘Poor in spirit’ is code for humility, which is the ability to empty yourself of pride […]