From Sickly to Breakthrough

“This is on you,” Jennifer’s boss said, “the ball is in your court, and something has to change. You’ve got 60 days to show improvement.”

Excessive turnover was just one indicator that Jennifer’s department was in critical condition. Negativity had infected her entire team. Trust was absent. Communication was harsh. Personal responsibility was absent. Finger-pointing was the norm.

Low engagement plummeted the productivity of the entire department. The…

Where will you breakthrough?

It’s a serious conversation. The weight of the words uttered behind the merry-go-round demand strong proof regarding the speaker’s sincerity, integrity, and commitment. Standing tall, the fourth grader summons her courage, “Cross my heart and hope to die.”

The promise

Promises matter.

A promise deals in potential, possibilities, and something significant: what you hope for in the future. Starting this New Year, you believe advancement is…

What do you hope?

Behind bars in the brutal Robben Island Prison, Nelson Mandela wrote to Winnie, his wife. He was confined to a small cell without a bed or plumbing and compelled to do hard labor in a lime quarry. Once every six months, Winnie was allowed to visit. Prisoners were subjected to inhumane punishments; it was reported that guards buried him and other inmates in…

Death, life’s discreet advocate

Like tulips emerging in spring, flags appear on the final Monday of May. Here in the United States, volunteers placed miniature American flags to honor the men and women who died serving in the Armed Forces yesterday. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” this day called a nation to remember the soldiers who died in the Civil War. Later, the day was extended to honor all who died in military service.

Exiting the Comfort Zone…

Remember the story of The Little Engine that Could?

A little railroad engine was employed about a station yard for such work as it was built for, pulling a few cars on and off the switches. One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the hill.

“I can’t; that…