Think Differently…Think Deeply

We need to learn to think around corners. We need to be diligent to avoid what is commonly referred to as the "sucker's choice." The problems we face are seldom "this or that." We aren't hemmed in that tightly, nor are the problems we face that neatly packaged. We need to learn to look at …

Why Self-Discipline Isn’t Enough to Reach Your Goals

My wife often points out my iron will. Once I decide to do something, I do it...particularly when it comes to fitness or physical challenges. I don't quit. While I would love to say that discipline is the secret sauce and that all you need is some raw determination to reach your goals, I don't …

No Apologies

Whether you like it or not, people are a part of life. For the most part, I actually enjoy people. One of the more fulfilling roles I had as a personal trainer, dean, and consultant was helping individuals develop personally and professionally. I also found that I learned a great deal from my interactions with …

Not Just Leadership

Over the course of my career, I've been without leadership on a number of occasions. As executive leadership turns over in organizations, there can be a fair degree of confusion and turmoil. Different individuals and groups react to the leadership vacuum in different ways. Some may simply plod ahead doing the work they have always …

The Best Leadership Books (That Aren’t about Leadership at All)

I've seen a lot of lists of leadership books on LinkedIn and other sites. I always enjoy reading a great book on leadership or business. I've taken a lot from many leadership books by authors like Heifetz (Leadership on the Line), Lencioni (The Advantage), Cloud (Boundaries for Leaders, Integrity, Necessary Endings), Friedman (Failure of Nerve), …

No Pouting

Normally when I think about pouting, I think of a little kid with his or her bottom lip curled down. Having been told "no" when they wanted to hear "yes," you almost expect some sort of negative reaction ranging from mild disappointment to pouting to an uncontrollable tantrum. I seldom had to deal with pouting …