Where you find inspiration doesn’t matter as much as this…

This morning, I saw it again. That overgrown tree continued to thrive, blocking out the light. My patch of Bermuda grass thinned. Erosion began eating away the slope.

I knew what to do. I knew how to do it.

Procrastination had worked before, but not this morning.

“Just do it,” I thought.

No, it wasn’t on my calendar. But on Tuesday morning at 7:30 AM I marched to the…
Read More

But is it possible?


Forty-seven minutes of the playoff game was history. Only 49 seconds remained on the clock during Game 5 of round two of the Western Conference NBA Playoffs. The visiting Los Angeles Clippers held a 104 – 97 lead over the OKC Thunder.

Hope of a Thunder win was improbable. How could they pull it off? Was it even possible? Fan frustration with another loss –…
Read More

What do you change first?

The pressure was on.

Excessive turnover was just one indicator that Jennifer’s department was in decline. Like the flu, negativity had spread through her team. Trust was absent. Personal accountability did not exist. Finger pointing was the norm. Engagement affected the productivity of the entire department. Frustration spilled over onto frontline employees. Stress and unnecessary conflict had swelled to an all time high.

Drawing a line in…
Read More

Comments Off

How to counter-attack fear

Alan Webber sat at the end of the boardroom table. After a lot of hard work, he had landed an interview with former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt for Harvard Business Review.

“I’ve got my questions written,” he thought running through his mental checklist. “Recorder is set, last thing I need is a technical glitch and miss this whole thing. Man, this jet lag is killing me –…
Read More

What don’t you see?

Looking outside

To explore the world outside you requires a change of pace and perspective; yes, an open heart and mind.

So, how curious are you about what lies outside you? What about the people you work with, curious about their weekend? What about the work you do, wonder how to be more effective?

What might you be missing?

What inspires and recharges your batteries? Now, how often do you engage in…
Read More

What grabs your attention?

Mark arrived at Denver International Airport and settled-in at Gate A-7. “May I have your attention, please?” the gate attendant’s voice competed with the noisy airport. “There is a gate change for Flight 2356 to Phoenix, it will now depart from Gate B-15.”

Making his way through Terminal B Mark spotted Elway’s where they feature a uniquely Colorado menu. “With a delayed…
Read More

Comments Off

An effective communication secret

Remember those “Can you hear me now?” commercials.

Verizon Wireless posed a question we’ve all asked on our cell phones. You identified with the story and connected with it every time you heard the ad and every time you asked the question while on your cell phone afterward.

Verizon’s marketing message was about reliability – the ability to connect and stay connected. In one…
Read More

Comments Off