Stay in the fight

Years ago I was the leader of a volunteer organization that I led with all my strength.  We all really believed in the mission and worked hard to achieve our goals.  But, like most groups of people, there were a few complainers mixed in there.  And they quietly complained, and criticized every imperfection.  They worked […]

Don’t Retaliate

  Unfortunately, people are going to hurt you.  Sometimes they will hurt you intentionally and sometimes without intention.  Co-workers, supervisors, direct reports, suppliers, even trusted advisers will do or say things that harm or abuse you and make you want to retaliate.  But don’t.  Taking the high road and just letting it go will be […]

Every decision is a profit decision

There are times when we know that our business decisions carry huge consequences.  Other times we think our actions are not so significant but they are.  Actually, every decision by every person in the organization affects the bottom line.  Those pennies really do make dollars. I spoke to a CEO last week who told me […]

Optimistic AND Reliable

Many people have that wonderful tendency to be optimistic which makes them encouraging to be with.  It seems that often those same people have difficulty being reliable.  Others are not so optimistic, but you can take always count on them. But where is that rare person who is both optimistic AND reliable? Beyond doubt, both […]

Speak with Variety

Sleep is an interesting phenomenon. Our conscious awareness, our faculty of attention, shuts down for hours at a time, every day. We all do it. We all need it. But for some of us, it poses an interesting problem. In this 9-to-5 society of meetings and deadlines, it’s incredibly important to wake up in the […]

Speak from memory (sort of)

Social media has become part of the contemporary landscape. But so has it’s opposition. It’s become cliche to hear critics describe the rise in connectivity but the fall of real communication. They believe that social media has many unintended consequences that are damaging our culture. And, although they might be right, that discussion is outside […]

Speak between pauses

By 2013, the drought had grown dangerous. Local Colorado residents desperately needed rain. They hoped for it, they wished for it, they organized congregational prayer sessions for it. Some even danced for it. But nothing came. And the drought grew worse by the day. But then, one summer day, something happened. The weather services started […]

Speak Loud Enough

Two men were stranded on a deserted island in the South Pacific. They had no means of communication and little hope for survival. So they resolved to put a message in a bottle and send it out to sea. First they found a small piece of paper with enough room for a single sentence. Then […]

Planning vs. Action

Somebody once said “Action without planning is the cause of every failure”.  What about planning without action?  Doesn’t that cause failure as well? We would think so. Let’s look at each of these: Being impulsive and jumping into action without planning is a fools game.  Rarely can you expect success with this habit on anything […]

Ingredients of Leadership

How people SEE you, what leadership TOOLS you have, and how your BRAIN thinks about leadership are 3 critical ingredients of leader success.  If you are growing leaders in your organization, or growing yourself as a leader, read on. People are always sizing each other up for various reasons.  One thing they look for are […]