Unknown Doesn’t Mean Without Impact

I watched the 2021 Presidential inauguration wanting to hear President Biden’s address. As a bonus, I saw the first female Vice President sworn in, heard an amazing rendition of the National Anthem by Lady Gaga, and found myself spellbound as Amanda Gorman recited We Climb the Hill. But, I have to admit, the unknown man…

Your Emotions Drive Your Perspective

My morning started with a healthy perspective where I logged many productive hours before daylight. As a treat, I decided to cook a hardy breakfast. Well, I meant to cook breakfast. What I ended up doing was burning breakfast. As smoke filled the kitchen and my eggs turned to charcoal in the pot, I opened…

Real and Ugly Beats Perfect yet Phony

When you look at a selfie, you’re not seeing a real person. You’re looking at an image that the photographer staged, cropped, and edited meticulously—reducing red-eye, pounds, wrinkles, and years while increasing bust, bicep, and lip size—all designed to show the best (albeit false) side of himself to others. In our desire to be loved…

Two Words for 2021

A “Random” Action I slowed my car while swerving slightly out of my lane, crossing the double yellow line. At the same time, an oncoming car drove towards me more than a hundred yards away. Neither of us were in any danger of collision. I continued to slow down as I gently glided back into…

Pivoting Through Change

Remember when you first realized the pandemic wasn’t going away overnight? I do. I had just returned from visiting a client in MN, and every news outlet warned big changes were coming. As a speaker, trainer, and consultant, I spent about as much time on the road as I did at home. What now? I…

How Leaders Build Trust During Change

Today my wife and consultation business partner, Jocelyn, shares her thoughts on CHANGE as she waits to hear the surgical outcomes for our daughter. I’ve been privileged to sit in boardrooms with C-level (CEO, CFO, CIO) leaders as they discuss upcoming or ongoing changes. It’s our job to advise them on change communications and engagement…

Virtual Hashtag (#) Community Challenge

I’ve read a few articles about how people are responding to the COVID-19 crisis within the predictable pattern outlined in the 5 Stages of Grief, (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). Regardless of what stage you fall into today, I want to challenge you to do something special for yourself on Saturday, July 18th, 2020….

A Time to Listen

As a professional speaker, I know how to project my voice. You’ll hear me from across the room. And when I write, I’ve been known to get edgy or even drop the F-bomb to keep your attention from waning. Suffice it to say that during my 50+ years of communicating as an Italian-Irish man, I’ve…

Burnout & the Post-Crisis Crisis

Today, I want to address an issue you may face as more people return to work after the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis: Employee Burnout! Many employees continued working throughout the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in environments that put them at risk of infection. Some of them have served on the front lines…

Superstars & the Post-Crisis Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis won’t be resolved in a day. As more businesses reopen, owners and leaders may find that employees returned to work with some greater challenges than they had just a few months ago. Today, I want to address another issue you may face as the COVID-19 stay-at-home order is lifted and more employees…

Addiction and the Post-Crisis Crisis

Today, I will discuss another issue you may face in the COVID-19 crisis, as employees return to work with FULL-BLOWN ADDICTION ISSUES. Some of your employees had a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) before the crisis began–drinking heavily or misusing medication after work yet functioning the next day. But due to the crisis, they may have…

Perspective Is Everything: Surviving Crisis

Every perspective you see on Facebook, faux news, real news, Dr. Anthony Fauci, or Brad Pitt playing Dr. Fauci on television is just that: a perspective. And don’t worry: I’m not a pandemic expert, so I don’t have $.02 to share on COVID-19 data or models. But I do know a thing or two about…