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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.
I’m a sucker for movies with a personal transformation story—especially in a leadership context. Not long ago I saw one that fits the bill: Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.read more
There’s a natural tendency to believe that if I’m talking, I’m in control—or, more accurately, if I’m not talking I’ve lost control. Nothing could be further from the truth.read more
One aspect of leadership that is often overlooked and under-appreciated is that leadership ultimately expresses itself in outward, visible behavior. This is so foundational that, if you overlook it, you won’t be able to move the needle on improving your effectiveness as a leader.read more
Being competent in the area of trust just might be the single-most important life skill we can teach our kids. If we want them to grow up to be successful adults, this is one area we should invest our time and energies.read more
If our kids are ever going to be in a position to truly influence their world as adults, they will need to work with and through people. They can only do that if they authentically display compassion. So what’s the best way for them to learn compassion?read more
Remember the last unstable/unhealthy job you were in? It felt terrible, didn’t it? When kids experience instability in the home its impact can be long-lasting. So what can we do as parents to lead our kids by providing greater stability?read more
Sometimes the grind of parenting erodes the hope that your kids will become capable adults. But if we don’t have hope for our kids, what happens to them when they don’t have any hope for themselves?read more
Our brains learn more from failure than from success. But the learning is usually offset by the negative emotions and shame we attach to failure. How can we, as parents, avoid the trap of shame and disappointment when our kids don’t succeed?read more
Power and authority purposed and directed can do amazing things. Power unchecked and self-serving is controlling and greedy. Do you know which kind of authority will you model for your children?read more
The really good leaders understand relational capital and create an atmosphere that’s connective, inclusive and collaborative. So what’s one of the best ways to develop this important skill set in future leaders?read more
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