You’ve Got a Persona Problem

In marketing, one of the current buzz-words is ‘persona’. Persona? For example, you create a persona of your best client so you can tailor your marketing efforts towards those that match that persona. For the marketing folks out there – am I missing anything? OK, so your persona is made-up many things and some of […]

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 […]

I TOOK the BAIT

How many times a week do I ‘take the bait’? What I mean is how many times do I respond to emotion with some of our own and achieve less than the desired result? How do I stop it? On the last mile, on the last day of a grueling, 10-day canoeing trip in the […]

What Our Leisure Reveals About Us

What does our leisure reveal about us? Here’s what I think – it reveals who we really are. How?, It reveals what we do when we’re not ‘on stage’. Leisure is what we do when no one is looking… I believe getting our leisure right is how we get our work right. There’s a hierarchy […]

Moving From ‘Little Picture to Big Picture’ for Growth

Moving From ‘Little Picture to Big Picture’ for Growth Moving from ‘little picture to big picture’ for growth can be made by simply changing your ‘why’ for growth. What do you do to change your ‘why’ and move from ‘little picture to big picture’? You change ‘why’ you practice a technique to improve your skill. […]

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 […]

Authentic Leadership is Like Harnessing the Wind

I’m continually on the lookout for better ways to explain what authentic leadership does to avoid it being mistaken for something you’re already doing. I liken authentic leadership to harnessing the wind, arguably the most powerful force of nature. What do you think of the following explanation? You can’t see the wind… You don’t know […]

Most Everyone Lacks Clarity on What Their Best Self Is…

I spoke with a CEO of a global company in Asia last night that has invested in becoming a certified executive coach himself. He’s the first CEO I’ve met with coaching credentials… After our meeting, here’s what came to mind: 1. even someone invested in helping his team members become their best selves like this […]

Intro to Authentic Leadership

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Tolstoy A family of great character has a great culture and is happy. The same goes for organizations. There are myriad ways for organizations to lose their focus on character, which is their authentic selves and become unhappy. 2020 was […]

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 […]

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