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Finding Flow (Or Getting It Back)

Working in “flow” feels effortlessly powerful. Time passes fluidly. Inspiration, creativity, and productivity synchronize and energize. Tapping flow, the priorities get done. Work that aligns with my passion and purpose inspires me to be “in flow.” Also, certain routines and supporting systems help me get into flow. When my environment recently changed, my flow felt [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:20+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Leadership, Overcoming Challenge, Personal Change|

Happiness at Work: Achievable? Yes

Fulltime employees may spend a minimum of 2,000 hours in the workplace annually. Imagine the difference in impact and productivity between spending those hours being even moderately miserable versus joyfully inspired. According to author Kris Boesch, “When people feel good about coming to work it ripples into the community, into the homes and coffee shops [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:20+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Executing Successfully, Leadership, Org Culture|

Mistakes, I’ve Made A Few

I love the wisdom of Henry Ford: Failure is only the opportunity to intelligently begin again. Emphasizing the word “intelligently” provides important insight to the process of evaluating and learning from our mistakes. What we believe about failure and how we respond contribute to resiliency and recovery from mistakes. Our attitude toward error enables resiliency. [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Leadership, Overcoming Challenge|

Yes. I Am Asking For It

Let’s talk great feedback. What exactly is “great” feedback? We know it when we hear it, right? Unfortunately, we don’t often get helpful, timely feedback—let alone great feedback. This post reviews potential issues that influence the value of feedback and opportunities for generating and leveraging great feedback. Most of us appreciate hearing when our contributions [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Executing Successfully, Leader Development, Leadership|

Life calls. How do you respond?

One of the many memorable scenes from the movie Forrest Gump has the then-heavily bearded character running down a street. A man, running along side, states the obvious: Gump has just run through a pile of dog poop. Gump’s timeless response? “It happens!” While stepping in sh-t is yucky, messy, smelly, and somewhat unfortunate, let’s [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Leadership|

Leadership Book List

Time and again, I’m asked to recommend books on leadership and related topics—especially after (1) someone gets a peek at my library and topic designated bookcases spread throughout my office and home, or (2) I’ve given a speech or presentation. As a result, I’m compiling a series of reading list handouts. In today’s post, I [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Leader Development, Leadership|

Serving Leadership: Generating Transformative Leadership Capacity

A whopping 87% of Amazon reviewers give authors Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert five stars for The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community. Numerous CEOs have embraced the insights, embarked on transforming their leadership teams, and shared the book throughout their organizations. The book has been so successful over [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 January 31st, 2016|Leadership|

Why You Need New Underwear. Today.

I suspect when you crafted your list of top priorities for the new year, “new underwear” didn’t make the cut. It should have! The small, seemingly innocuous investment holds a powerful nugget of chain-reaction potential for 2016 success. Right about now, you’re contemplating whether I am really going to write about underwear. I am. And [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 December 31st, 2015|Leadership|

True or False: Notice the Story

We humans are storytelling machines. For everything we see, hear and encounter, our brains instantly suggest assumptions to support a quick response. When do stories offer an advantage? On the way to the airport for a recent trip, I saw two men about a half-mile apart. The first was mid-twenties, in shorts and an olive [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Executing Successfully, Leadership|

Owning Your Power (Mine’s Currently Pink)

On October 5th, 2014, I attended my very first live professional football game, between San Diego’s Chargers and the New York Jets. At the time, I had pink extensions in my hair—a gift from an exceptional service provider. Earlier this month, I chose to “go pink” again, sparking a recent conversation on the ways we [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Leadership|