5 Ways to Avoid Convenient Excuses

As we go through this life, things happen to us and around us. Often there is a call to accountability. Sometimes that call is obvious and loud, for example when the boss is really mad. Other times the call is quiet. Those of us with any moral conviction at all […]

The Heck It’s Not Personal

A young aspiring candidate enters the office of the hiring manager. Time is set to do a job interview. The usual formalities are exchanged along with a little small talk. “Have a seat” says the senior. The questions begin. Things are moving along pretty well, then oops. Something is said […]

Want To Be A Hero?

I am excited to announce a new series of guest bloggers joining me from time to time to share their views of management and leadership. My first guest is a long-time friend and colleague, Roger Ferguson, Founder of ISI Human Resources Consulting. We’ve worked together for many years. He is […]

Bridges

Leaders: What Do You Do With Your Bridges?

If you live anywhere near waterways or hilly terrain, you are no stranger to bridges. These amazing structures can be beautiful as well as extremely functional. Bridges allow us easy passage from point A to point B without traveling miles out of our way. They can be a picture of […]

6 Reasons Change Is So Challenging

It’s no coincidence that the word ‘change’ fits into the word ‘challenge’. Change is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be stressful or unpredictable. We all face changes in our lives. Whether on a personal level or at work, change is inevitable. By taking a deeper dive into the dynamics […]

SFT: A Simple Reminder for Leadership Performance

Dr. David L. Cook is a sports performance coach and business consultant who has made the phrase “SFT” famous. Leadership performance can be reduced to these three little ideas. You might know Dr. Cook’s name from a little book title “Seven Days in Utopia”. The book was made into a […]

Increased Productivity is Like Rocks and Sand

When clients ask about time management, setting priorities, and mastering goals, I like to recall an old but reliable metaphor. There is a demonstration that I have used many times. I don’t know who first created this idea, but it can be profound. It goes like this….. It’s called The Jar of […]

Does Your Story Have a Punchline?

One of the most difficult challenges for business professionals, entrepreneurs, and new managers is being able to tell their own story.What do I mean? When it comes to getting the next promotion, finding a new job, or making the next sale, telling YOUR story can be hard. I don’t know […]

I’m OK, You’re OK: An Argument for Change

So how do you know if you need to make some changes in your life? There are so many information channels feeding us with self-help tips, tricks, life hacks, and so forth.  Do you buy into that? Do you have a long list of social media follows, people with whom […]

Making the Big Leap from Manager to Leader

For some time now I have been presenting various messages to help new, first time managers make a successful move into the role of management. Now it is time to begin the transition from management to leadership. First, let me recap a few key principles. One of the best explanations of […]