UBER Driver Lessons

While on a business trip in Houston I met a marvelous Uber driver named Kari. I asked her how business was the last six months and her reply stunned me. She said she’s been driving for three years and she’s worked harder the last six than she ever has. Her reply when I asked ‘why’ […]

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, […]

Everyone Wants to Change the World…

How much time do we spend DAILY changing ourselves for the better so that we can change the world for the better? The hardest thing to do is change ourselves. An example of changing ourselves is paying attention to the connection (or lack thereof) we have with others – to interact with them successfully… How […]


I know a business leader who was asked if he knew what was wrong with his organization and he gave a startling reply: ‘I am’. It’s easier to influence others to work on themselves when you share the work you’ve done on yourself first, rather than being a hypocrite. I think we can all agree, […]

Clients Want You and YOUR Clients

I recently read an article by Henry DeVries on 2020 Marketing Trends and here is one of two thoughts on these trends I’ll share over as many weeks. Clients want 1. you as a leader with high integrity and 2. YOUR clients to help them be great. CLIENTS WANT YOU AS A LEADER WITH HIGH […]

How Great Will Your Grandchildren Become?

My wife and I have 5 children – the oldest is a college freshman and the youngest in 4th grade. Recently, someone asked me if I thought we’re raising our children well. Using borrowed wisdom, my reply was ‘I’ll let you know when I see how great our grandchildren become’. What’s the point of this […]

Darren’s definition of Significant Leadership

Darren’s DEFINITION of SIGNIFICANT LEADERSHIP You have urgency to do great things, know how to make a difference, and change the game. Learn how… Herb Kelleher, Founder, Southwest Airlines

Ditch This Phrase – ‘No Problem’

When I was a younger professional, a more experienced colleague once heard me use the phrase ‘NO PROBLEM’ in response to another colleague thanking me for staying up half the night to finish a project for them. She suggested I avoid using those words because it devalued my time and talent. Instead, she suggested, I […]

Gainful vs. Spiritual Employment

During the depression, the New Deal created public work projects to put people to work. Why? Work is important. Work gives people meaning. Many of the public work projects involved hard labor. What most laborers did was do their time and go home. It is what I call the minimum. What is the maximum? Spiritual […]

CEO’s, Improve Your Satisfaction Score Quickly

I learned from Ryan Suydam at Client Savvy how to turn a survey question into quick action, every time. You don’t just ask a question i.e. on a scale from 1-5, how do you rate your job satisfaction? You create a gap analysis. Most CEO’s I meet, survey from time to time, using a 1-5 […]