The Declination of Independence

Reflecting on July 4th: Are we declining our independence? Being independent can be defined as not being influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion or conduct. Stated another way, being independent is thinking or acting for oneself. But if thinking for oneself is the acid test of independence, it is fair to ask:… Read more »

The Art of Asking

Many of us are uncomfortable asking for what we want. We either fear rejection or want to avoid being viewed as incapable of doing something by ourselves. But I believe that “making an ask” is a powerful way for us to connect with people. The connection we create makes room for a cycle of giving… Read more »


The Invitation of Uncertainty

Uncertainty invites ideas and ideas invite debate. I once read that “when everything is uncertain anything is possible.” Stated another way, when everything is uncertain all ideas possess a spark of possibility. Despite the discomfort it often causes, uncertainty reveals opportunity’s door and an idea is the key that unlocks it. The statement above may… Read more »

Vision, Mission and Values – Your Road Map to Success

I have the pleasure of facilitating strategic planning sessions, process improvement events, team building activities, etc. I always start with the vision, mission and values of the organization. Why? Because if the discussion isn’t aligned, if the goals aren’t aligned, if the changes aren’t aligned, if the commitments aren’t aligned, etc., the time, as I see it,… Read more »


But I deserve it! Six Ways to Prevent Entitlement in the Workplace

Entitlement – it rears its ugly head from time to time at work. The term “entitlement” refers to the belief that we deserve some particular reward or benefit. Not because we met or exceeded a goal, not because we have expended exceptional effort, but because we believe someone “owes” us something simply because we exist. I… Read more »

Purpose Driven Leadership

My mentor told me years ago that I could increase my value at work by having a strong focus on my purpose. This bit of advice resonated with me because my mother used to tell me that once I identified my purpose in life, I would be better able to eliminate items and issues that… Read more »