What Works in Authentic Leadership – Deep Foundation

Here’s what I think. The foundation that authentic leadership is built upon is, you guessed it, humility, but here’s where I mess it up. I tend to lightly check the box on humility. Then, give-in to my biology or instinct and launch myself into building my next success when I should be descending… Descending? Yep, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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… […]

Fly 1 Segment, Earn Companion Pass

Fly 1 Segment, Earn Companion Pass Today only you can register for SWA’s companion pass promo, book a flight today, and fly by 11/15 to receive a companion pass for January-February 2021. I know you can throw rocks at what I’m about to type, but this is an example of being successful, but not satisfied. […]

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 […]

It’s Always the Right Time for Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership is always good, true and attractive. There is no authenticity without the habit of virtue. There is no authentic leadership without character. There is no character without exercising virtue. Studies support that many employees would forego a raise to have an authentic leader for a boss… Can’t you do both? The link to […]

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