Why You Don’t Show Up On-Time

“We need to be on the road by 9:00 a.m.,” Rita reminded me. It was Father’s Day so we planned a trip to Southeast Kansas.

Grabbing a few extra minutes, we sat on the patio sipping Sumatra coffee. With our recent schedule we soaked up the moment.

The spring flowers danced pink, yellow, purple, and shades of green throughout our backyard paradise. Japanese Koi glided through the crystal clear…
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Creating Space Doesn’t Just Improve Performance at Work…

Like kids anticipating summer break we arrived in Southern California. A full week away from work, Rita and I were ready for vacation.

We had hope and romantic visions of strolling hand in hand on sandy beaches. To be refreshed as we listened to the soothing music of breaking waves and entertained by the locals – sea gulls and other ocean side residents. Hope that we would receive the…
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Getting to the Other Side of Procrastination

“How long has the first Thursday of September been on the calendar?” I ask.

“A very long time,” my inner voice whispered.

I probed further, “And how long has the First Thursday Next Level Leadership Lunch been on the calendar?”

Without judgment, the truthful answer comes out, “Eight months.”

Relentlessly, the reflective exercise continued, “And when did you send the reminder?”

With no place to hide, “Less than a…
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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…
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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 –…
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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…
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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 –…
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