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? […]

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 […]

What Makes You ACT?

Do you remember the acronym you used in middle school to solve math problems – PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally)? You used it to unwind your math problems correctly. First you solved what was in parenthesis, then any exponents, finally you completed multiplication, division, addition and subtraction operations, in that order, to get […]

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 […]

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 […]

One Throat to Choke, One Hand to Shake

One throat to choke is an expression used in business to describe the advantage of one person being responsible for attaining a goal. That way, when something goes wrong, there is only “one throat to choke.” While the language is sacrastic it contains wisdom. When there is one person accountable for a goal, expectations are set, […]