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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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… […]

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 […]