out of the mess

All good things grow out of a mess. Muscles grow when the muscle fibers are torn. Persistence is measured by overcoming resistance. The great sequoia emerge out of the soil. Relationships are built through conflict and other messy conversations. It is persistence through conflict that grows the relationship. Conflict does three things in a relationship. The … Continue reading

leading indicator

“I shouldn’t have to do this anymore.” This is the attitude that leads to irrelevance. There are two ways we as leaders can approach our success: status or duty. When leaders approach their success with a sense of duty they continue to sweat the small stuff. They are fully engaged in team meetings. They show … Continue reading

stay and work

Stay put, work more than you are asked, and you will progress. Two accidental lessons my Dad taught me: Lesson 1: Stay put. My dad worked his entire life at the same business. I don’t know if he ever picked his head up out of the sand to wonder if there was anything else he … Continue reading

health is a choice

Health is a choice many of us never knew we had. Just a few months after working so hard and losing 150 pounds I was talking with an old colleague who asked me an important question, “Now after losing all the weight, do you see overweight people and want to go up to them and … Continue reading

master your rest stops

Master your rest stops. My cousin and her husband are professional Ironman athletes and coaches. She and I could not have been more different growing up. She was an athlete her entire life. A competitive swimmer for as long as I could remember. While I was a wanna be punk rock guitar player who loved … Continue reading

everything is seasonal

Everything has a season. One challenge we face is the belief that we can attain “steady growth.” Aiming for 10% growth each year is great for investors, but not for the business. A business, like everything else in nature has seasons. Seasons sowing. Seasons of cultivating. Seasons of harvest. Seasons of rest. The seasons are not … Continue reading

good emerges from messy

The good stuff only grows out of the messy stuff. The soil matters a lot when you want to grow. Cultivated soil is more potent than exploited soil or abandoned soil. If you leave the ground alone, it becomes barren and weak. If you over plant the soil you deplete it of all its value. … Continue reading

ask first, tell later

Understand before solving. When a leader starts solving a problem they haven’t fully understood, they inevitably start solving the wrong problem. It doesn’t matter if it is a strategic problem, a tactical problem, a people problem, an organizational problem, or a market place problem. It also is true at home in the relationships in your … Continue reading

CHOOSE: family or mission

Family or mission? You have to choose. There is no right or wrong answer, only an honest one. Within a short period of time–usually at some point in our 20’s–we find ourselves with both a mission to pursue and a family to cultivate. The temptation is to consider both a top priority which inevitably destines … Continue reading

stay and quit

There is no work around for a disengaged leader. The leaders role is to inspire us to move from where we are to a better place–they help us see the future, they help us calibrate our urgency levels, they help us understand the next steps, they help us understand our role. Not on their own … Continue reading