What Works in Authentic Leadership – Suffering

Suffering is something we tend to avoid like sucking on a lemon, but we’ve all experienced it’s value in school, sports, raising children, etc. What good can come from suffering? When we make a choice that involves suffering, we’re on the path to potentially reconciling the gap between our best self and the reality of […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

Your Business Aim isn’t Profit, it’s a Full LIFE

We were taught to focus on profit as the measure of success. The reality is we know plenty of people who are successful and not satisfied with their life. Wouldn’t you agree Fullness is the true measure of success? A Full LIFE is serving our purpose as we all know. What we may not all […]

Authentic Leadership isn’t Right or Wrong, it’s Big or Small

Over the weekend, I was volunteering with someone I disagreed with about reopening schools this fall. The only result was clarity that we had different positions… We both missed an opportunity to think BIGGER and make a connection. Try this on for size. Next time you disagree with someone, a family member, friend or business […]

Character Embraces Accountability

Think of a person with character, like Herb Kelleher, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Walt Disney or Roberto Clemente. If they worked for you, how much time would you likely spend keeping them accountable for doing their work and achieving their goals? The answer is ‘not much time’. It’s the reason character is important to […]

Whack-A-Mole Management

The phrase whack-a-mole denotes a repetitious and futile task: each time a task is finished or a problem is dealt with, yet another task/problem appears elsewhere. A classic example? Keeping others accountable. Many leaders struggle with establishing accountability because they lapse into ‘managing accountability as a thing’ instead of ‘forming accountable people’ through character building […]