I Could’ve Had a V-8! Moment

A few days ago that famous commercial from the 80’s popped in my head. I could picture someone with the palm of their open hand, slapped against their forehead, while saying, ‘I could’ve had a V-8’. The commercial popped in my head because I had just read something that reminded me that I don’t spend […]

Summer Road Trip Fails

Nothing tests your ability to be your best or bring out the best in others in my opinion more than a family road trip. What are the top 3 tests? How about the best way to pack the car, who sits in the back of the minivan versus who sits in the middle, and how […]

TIRED

Yesterday was a long day like most of us experience weekly. It started at 5am to finish preparing for an 8am meeting. It ended with being a timer at a youth swim meet for 3 hours and then accompanying one of my kids at almost 10pm, who’d been hired by one of the neighbors to […]

Your Most Consequential Hobby (for Life)

Think about a hobby you enjoy and how you went about improving in that hobby. In soccer, most players have a dominant foot they use to pass and shoot the ball. At some point, in grade school, I realized I was left footed and in order to improve, I had to learn to use both […]

What are the Problems a Leader Never Quite Solves?

In the 2nd Friday, What Works in Authentic Leadership, 40 minute, monthly workshop, I asked the group for their reaction to this question. Here’s their answers: – feeling you didn’t do everything you could– not making everyone happy– making yourself unnecessary for the long-term running of the business– teaching others effectively– raising your children– retaining […]

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 […]

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