A Letter From My Father

A Letter From My Father

I pray I can be half the father to my children my father was to me. Please enjoy how a real Dad got it done.

Want to Find the Way to Motivation and Inner Strength? Think “ME” First.

Want to Find the Way to Motivation and Inner Strength? Think “ME” First.

Once we decide, consciously, how we act and react the sky is the limit to what we will achieve. If you can’t find the motivation in mastering yourself before anything else, well, I’m not sure where you can find it then.

Want to be a Great Leader? Take an Ice Bath

Want to be a Great Leader? Take an Ice Bath

Is the ice bath a metaphor for being in the moment in life? No. It’s a reality. When you can get to a calm, comfortable place in an ice bath because you are focused on only what you are doing in that moment, suddenly it isn’t so hard to recognize when you are “multi-tasking” and doing two, or more, things badly.

Where the Fear Lies: A Memorial Day Thought

Where the Fear Lies: A Memorial Day Thought

I believe my reflections on fear explain why I get so emotional on Memorial Day. It reminds me that our fallen felt fear…but they went anyway. They had thoughts about the consequences of going…but they went anyway. They realized the consequences of going could alter, and end, their lives…but they went anyway. They realized recognition and praise for what they were about to do would go largely unrealized…but they went anyway.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Stop Acting Like a White Belt

Want To Be a Great Leader? Stop Acting Like a White Belt

Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful metaphor for leadership and life. Have a plan but have contingencies. Don’t get hung up over something that didn’t work out quite right. Execute your contingency plan and move on. Review what went wrong and how you will improve next time after the fact.

Everyone Must Have Glue on Them

Everyone Must Have Glue on Them

Of course, some people provide more value than others. Of course, some people need more guidance than others. This is not the point. The point is to get glue on everyone so the overall effort, and the subsequent success of the effort, is more than just the presence of one or two superstars.

Time To Get Over It. Stop Labeling “Millennials” and Start Leading Them

Time To Get Over It. Stop Labeling “Millennials” and Start Leading Them

Great leaders look at that youthful spirit as a positive attribute to be harnessed. They don’t judge, they lead. They let their young followers make mistakes, gently guide them in the right direction, and accept that as time advances so do ideas.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Train Your Glutes!

Want To Be a Great Leader? Train Your Glutes!

Be sure to pat someone on the back for a job well done. Ask about your employee’s kids or pet. Host a team lunch to build camaraderie. These are all good things, but they are not the basic elements of leadership. They won’t prevent injuries, to stay with the metaphor. Poor performance is the most painful leadership injury and to prevent it we need to do the basics.

You Hate the Cliché for Only One Reason: It’s True

You Hate the Cliché for Only One Reason: It’s True

Justifying bad behavior by blaming it on a circumstance or individual seems to be a popular, and sadly effective, way of escaping personal accountability today.

Are You a Leader Who Does The Difficult Work Yourself? Good For You…Now Demote Yourself

Are You a Leader Who Does The Difficult Work Yourself? Good For You…Now Demote Yourself

It’s hard work to ensure your team is properly planning for success. It’s hard work to ensure you, as the leader, know the plan and are holding the team accountable for the successful execution of the plan. It’s hard work to ensure your people are properly trained so they can execute their duties.

There is Only One Real Way to Get Inspired

There is Only One Real Way to Get Inspired

DOING is where the inspiration comes from. We must get comfortable with being good at being bad initially. But we must start DOING to find our inspiration. And, no, not just once or twice. Over and over until it becomes a habit. Finding inspiration is actually hard work because it comes from the DOING.

The FBI and The Importance of Culture

The FBI and The Importance of Culture

Showing integrity and doing the right thing is only part of the integrity equation. This is because we are human and we all make mistakes. So, if the culture you are propping up in the name of integrity is that you never make mistakes, then there is a problem. The ability to be honest and admit your mistakes is every bit as important in the integrity equation as simply doing the right thing. Because honestly, admitting a mistake is the right thing to do.

Crumbling Orthodoxies

Crumbling Orthodoxies

I believe a culture based in leadership principles drives success by challenging orthodoxies at every turn. Show me a small or big challenge and I’ll show you a behavior that is rotting an organization from the inside out. And then I’ll show you how to turn that behavior on its head.

What Does Making a Sales Call Have To Do with Leadership?

What Does Making a Sales Call Have To Do with Leadership?

Are your sales calls meeting a deadly conclusion? If they are, check your plan. If you had a plan and you failed, adjust your plan. If you failed and didn’t have a plan…be a leader and make a plan before you act.

Emotional Leadership?

Emotional Leadership?

As leaders we can let our emotions inspire us to act, but we cannot act emotionally. Allowing the emotions that inspired you to act into your decision making or planning process will limit your objectivity and steer you away from being methodical and …. UN-emotional. And believe me, methodical and unemotional is where you need to be when you decide to plan, act, and ultimately find success.

Accountability Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Accountability Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Let’s cut to the chase. If, as a leader, you are asking how to hold someone accountable for bad performance after the fact, guess what? YOU failed. Time to figure out how to hold yourself accountable.