The Fun-to-Misery Ratio

A member of my staff once said, “I work my eight hours so that I can go do what I really want to do.” I responded, “Really, I understand that we work eight-hours a day just to breakeven.” His response was memorable, “That is the most depressing thing I have ever heard.” Work-Life Balance What… Read more »

The Success Arc

Extended periods of unchallenged prosperity stunts the development of an individual’s leadership skills and their resilience. This stunted growth not only negatively impacts an individual’s long-term success, but the success of the organizations they serve. The best lessons often occur outside of the classroom, and my college experience was no exception. It was in the… Read more »

Attention’s Nemesis

Where we focus our attention determines what we accomplish, and ultimately, who we become. Attention directs our intent and concentrates our efforts. It sets our course, and therefore, determines our destination. Stated another way, where our attention goes our energy flows. It is no surprise then, that where we focus our attention is the best… Read more »


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 »

Leadership Competencies: May

I believe in Leadership Development and I have dedicated my career to learning about leadership and helping others become great leaders. I developed a leadership competency model many moons ago and have found and kept a library of competencies accordingly. In March 2018, I decided to start sharing my library online. The same narrative is… Read more »

Leadership, Sustainability and Legacy

What is Leadership? Like a rock in a tumbler, this question continuously rolls around in my mind as I work to polish off the rough edges. What intrigues me is the importance of sustainability as a core leadership value. Sustainability and leadership may sound like an odd combination, since by default many think of sustainability… Read more »