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the most difficult organization to lead

It is interesting to interface with so many different industries and companies of every scale–manufacturing, scientific, education, churches, non-profit, healthcare, service, technology, aerospace, and so on. I have a lot of fun working with most organizations. My experience is that technology companies are really challenging with the kind of work I do, but not the … Continue reading

bored as hell!

I was driving home last night after spending another day with a client. I am so honored to work with this team. Some times I’m brought in when teams realize they are broken. It is special to get to work with a team that is great and wants to get better–they are drawing the best … Continue reading

does anyone care anymore

I can tell the difference between a leader who cares and a person who is just filling a job position. Just because you have the title CEO does not make you a leader. For that matter, just because you are creating a buzz of activity and organizational change, doesn’t mean you care. Call it what … Continue reading

Give Me, Give Me, Give Me

My sister was born in eastern Europe and after tragedies in her birth family, she was moved into an orphanage in Latvia until she was nine years old when my parents adopted her. I remember when she first came home, my parents (who love to give gifts) brought her to a toy store and said … Continue reading

life misery

I don’t normally write so much, but I am thinking a lot right now. I’m hoping my brain is in a gestation period where a new way of living has been conceived, and not yet ready to be birthed. (Wow! Can I get any weirder?!? Ha!) What if poverty isn’t the problem? What if the … Continue reading

daring greatly

I read a lot of books and I try to take one thing away from them all. Trying to boil my big takeaways to one is just impossible. This book, “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent and Lead,” by Dr. Brene Brown, is dense with lessons … Continue reading


Credibility is the currency of leadership. A leader with no credibility is a leader with no influence. A leader with no influence is not a leader. Credibility correlates to believability. It’s trust and confidence in the person we chose to follow. It isn’t just alignment between my words and my actions. It’s also alignment between … Continue reading

Going Tribal

syn·er·gy: The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects. There is a power in united communities. In fact, for me there is something magical about being a part of a community with a purpose bigger than myself. No one should … Continue reading

Leadership and Self-Deception

The perfect words are just not enough. The challenge is that communication is not just about carefully chosen words. Don't get me wrong; the words you choose are immensely important—just not most important. My belief in a person’s value and motive makes a big difference in how my communication with them–regardless of the words I … Continue reading

The Measure of a Leader

"My father told me that for a leader, the true measure of success is found in the eyes of your direct reports, the embrace of your spouse, and the hearts of your children.  I believe him… when was the last time you looked into the eyes of those who work for you in order to … Continue reading