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Welcome to my blog! Regular blog posts will be short—400 words or less—so you can get the point quickly (commentaries may run longer).
I invite comments, with one caveat: Keep it civil. I value feedback and even welcome disagreement, but let’s dialog in a way that leads to greater perspective for all and avoids the all-too-easy name calling and mud slinging.
On a recent trip to Alaska I saw and heard incredible stories of how animals intentionally develop their young for the road ahead. If they can do it, shouldn’t we?read more
When rainfall is high for extended periods of time, the soil eventually cannot absorb anything more. After this, everything that depends on the soil for stability and nutrition starts to rot. So what do you think happens to your leadership if you’re saturated?read more
Earthquakes are one of the most destructive forces on the planet. Most of us know what earthquakes are, but are probably less conscious of the pressure buildup that causes them. It’s never good to let unnecessary pressure build up on the most important things in your life.read more
Static comes from friction. It invisibly builds up then discharges in an instant, usually on whatever object is closest to you. It’s a nuisance, it’s frustrating and in some cases dangerous.read more
On November 7, 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state shook itself apart and collapsed as a result of destructive resonance. If we’re not careful, the same thing can happen to us and our leadership efforts.read more
Entropy, part of the second law of thermodynamics, is the concept that energy in a system will always move from order to disorder unless additional energy is applied. Meaning: Chaos reigns, unless we intentionally dethrone it.read more
Our muscles are amazing. They, quite literally, move us. Improved performance only comes through properly exercising that which moves you—whether it’s your muscles or your leadership.read more
Metal structures that experience many on-off cycles of forces will become brittle—even when those forces are well below what the structure can normally handle. Once the metal becomes brittle, the application of even a slight force causes it to fail. The results are usually catastrophic.read more
For the next eight weeks I’ll be doing a blog series called Take a Leadership Cue From Nature, using eight naturally occurring phenomena from the world around to illustrate how—if we’re not careful—we can let circumstances undermine our effectiveness. Maybe that thing we’re sensing may not be so strange after all…read more
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs illustrates how we tend to meet our own basic needs first. While this may be generally true, it also illustrates an opportunity for leaders to be more effective—by turning the hierarchy upside down.read more
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