Leadership Retreat and Reflection

Today is something a bit different. Instead of my usual message, I am providing you with a collection of leadership quotes and quips sent to me by readers. Please ponder these thoughts. Some are from great leaders you may know about and admire. Others are from unusual sources; places I […]

Leadership : #MeToo vs Improving Personal Accountability

Personal accountability is a wide and somewhat confusing concept. When it comes to leadership, the best leaders not only embrace personal accountability, but they demand it. Sadly, the headlines today contain stories about cover-ups and sexual improprieties (that’s me being very nice about it). Celebrities, athletes, politicians, key executives, and […]

Trouble Staying Positive?

For many years I worked as a banker in real estate. My clients were hugely successful commercial developers and/or residential mortgage groups. To make a good banking loan, you have to be focused on the property that is being financed. The property becomes the primary collateral for the loan. The borrower […]

Finding the Edge – Episode #1

Dear Business Owner: Most business owners start their business based on their passion for what it is they do. Unfortunately, it takes much more than passion to build a successful business. You must have a specific vision for what it is you want your business to accomplish and the direction […]

Leaders: Are You Coachable?

In my consulting and coaching business, I often ask the question “are you coachable?” It is amazing how many times the prospect says “well, yes I believe I am.” After a few sessions with input and feedback, it becomes apparent they really are not coachable. How do I know? It […]

Feeling stuck

Feeling Stuck? Find a Change

Ever felt stuck? You know, you feel like you don’t know which way to turn. Do the pressures of the situation have you feeling like you cannot make any progress? I see articles, blog posts, and books about getting unstuck. Yet I have never heard anyone talk about getting unstuck […]

independence day

Independence Day

Tomorrow is July 4th. In the U.S. we call it Independence Day. It is a good time to reflect on the real meaning of deep, personal independence. I love this picture showing the dawning of a new day. When we declare independence, there is a new day, a fresh beginning. […]

Stuck Right Now? Here’s How to Get 3 Levels Beyond

Are you feeling stuck. It’s like walking in quicksand. You can’t make any forward progress. We’ve all been there before. This feeling is a common event in most people’s lives. As the chapters of life unfold, there are moments when everything seems to just get stuck and you start to […]

Chicken Little courtesy Disney Corp

Making Things Bigger Than They Really Are

Do you sometimes make things bigger than they really are? Managers and leaders need to be on watch for overstating what is going on. More importantly, they need to throttle their internal reaction to the things around them. The great social activist Chicken Little was quoted as saying “The sky […]

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 […]