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January 8, 2021

I get it. I really do. I know you came up with that great resolution with every intent that this year would be different. Or maybe you were really intentional about goal setting using something like SMART Goals or even SMARTER Goals (thanks Michael Hyatt!). But you're one week into the year and realize that […]

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December 10, 2020
What are You Looking For?

I have a reminder pop up in my task manager (OmniFocus) every few days with this quote from John Lubbock: "What we see depends mainly on what we look for." I use this pop-up to remind me not to get trapped into a confirmation bias mode. What the heck is that? Confirmation bias is when […]

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December 9, 2020
I Don't Like "Servant Leadership." Really?? Gotcha!

I just finished a fun call (with about 100 of my closest friends) with Patrick Lencioni. He shared insights from his excellent book "The Motive - Why Do So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities?" and several other topics. One of the points that really stood out to me was the discussion around entitlement […]

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September 19, 2020
A Choice of Attitude

I have long kept this quote from Chuck Swindoll where it would occasionally pop up as a reminder in my task management software. Words to live by that are especially useful when life is challenging; "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than the […]

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August 28, 2020
Servant Leadership, and Seizing Opportunities at Marion Military Institute

Today I had the honor of being the first speaker of the 2020-2021 academic year at the Marion Military Institute / Anthony J. Rane Center for Leadership. This program is part of the Commandant’s Series. This was the first time I’ve spoken in person to any group in several months. MMI has put together an […]

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August 20, 2020
Four Walls and Zoom Calls - The Importance of Personal Connection in Tough Times

I have had some wonderful opportunities in the last several years. I’ve visited historical and archaeological sites, gardens, old city markets, and museums across the world. I've watched the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Look it up - It’s not what you think!). I've explored the haunts of C.S. Lewis in Oxford and climbed the Sydney […]

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August 16, 2020
COVID Hair? Don’t Care! Adjusting Your Leadership Style.

COVID hasn’t been the only major life change for me in the last several months. In the midst of that, I also left my long corporate career and embarked on my new adventure of coaching, writing, consulting and semi-retirement. Both of those major transitions have caused me to re-evaluate lots of things, including my level […]

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August 14, 2020
How Do Great Leaders Build Engaged, Effective Teams?

For all of you great leaders out there, I need your ideas with one simple question: How do great leaders build engaged, effective teams? You don't need to write a lot. One sentence will do (but I'll take more if you give it). Once I have a good list compiled, I'll put together a PDF […]

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July 15, 2020
Want To Be An Inspiring Leader?

Want to be an inspiring leader? There’s a simple checklist (pilots LOVE checklists): Breathe in Take Action Breathe Out Repeat. I say more about this in the video link below.

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July 6, 2020
Put On Your Belt and Ride!

In the middle of crises, and often in everyday life, we need to remember that we're all in this together. We can’t control all of our circumstances and we can’t expect to live a life of continuous ease and convenience. Life and leadership sometimes require both creativity and patience. In 1960, most automobiles had pretty […]

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