Destruction or Departure: The Toxic Executive Team

Published: January 11, 2017

The team gets together periodically, and the signs of trouble abound.  Members are late, don’t prepare for the meeting, and resist any effort to move forward.  Forget any indication of happiness; this team can barely resist snarling at each other.  If you are a member of such a team, you probably HATE going to the […]

Lifting the Quality of Life: In Search of Good Conversation

Published: January 3, 2017

No matter what work you do, with a galaxy of friends or family around you, the quality of your life will be enhanced with good conversation.  Conversation is an exchange of ideas by people willing to learn and laugh at each other.  Good conversation makes life more valuable.  Enhance the relationships that you touch with […]

Live the Rave: Working Passionately Most of the time

Published: June 21, 2016

When passion is there, then work is a blessing.  When passion is there, then work is like play.  When passion is there, then challenges become less burdensome. Do you have enough passion? Examine the mission of your organization.  Is there a quality of that mission that gives you delight in your heart?  Can you work […]

I’m Selective; I want Real Connections

Published: June 1, 2016

I get LinkedIn connection requests all the time, and frequently from people I have never met.  My philosophy connection starts with the value of my network – I want to connect with others who who will endorse me, say good things about me, and help me succeed.  I don’t need a bigger list of connections […]

The Day I was Laid Off and the Rest of the Story

Published: May 24, 2016

I didn’t see it coming.  It wasn’t like I was engineering my layoff; I was working just as hard the day a corporate officer fired me as the day I started. My layoff took place in Southern California.  I was a district manager for a large chain of child care centers.  We operated child care […]

The Entrepreneur and the Opportunity

Published: March 1, 2016

The entrepreneur spoke to me.  “Opportunities are all around us.  Find one, and make your success.”  I have heard this message repeatedly over the last year.  I spoke to men and women who started their business, who haven’t worked a job in years, and who believe in the power of the intelligent and dynamic spirit […]

Growing Bad Leaders: Getting Better Results with People

Published: January 27, 2016

Many factors get associated with leadership, poorly I believe.  Here are some things that are NOT what leadership is about: Leadership is not about giving orders Leadership is not about having employees Leadership is not about taking away privileges Leadership is not about having a corporate position Leadership is not about treating people like subservient […]

Are you in charge of your Leadership Development?

Published: January 5, 2016

Make a choice. You are an unfinished leader.   There is a lot more work to do. Are you committed to change your leadership effectiveness?  How committed are you to a leadership education? Is it hard to accept yourself as unfinished?  I’ve come to accept that all leaders continue to work on their talents, their balance, […]

Celebrate the Small Step; Surge Ahead in 2016

Published: December 29, 2015

When leaders connect with others, nearly magical change is possible.  People are often caught working in the realm of the routine, never-changing schedule of activities.  Leaders whisper into the ears of followers, “Something more is possible.  You have a place in making this happen.” The best way to enroll a team is to show colleagues […]

How do we Teach Innovation In School?

Published: December 8, 2015

Students don’t learn to be entrepreneurs in most schools.  Very few students learn to think about innovation. When I write about “schools” here, I’m talking about elementary, junior high school and high school years. Our public schools teach our young people to be conformists – not rule breakers.  The fact that the United States culture […]

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